Named Scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be the funds to do so.

For this reason, The University of Akron is pleased for the opportunity each year to assist talented, deserving students achieve their dreams, thanks to more than 1,300 Named Scholarships established through the kindness and generosity of thousands of UA alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations.

Scholarships truly are the best way to ensure that today’s students persist to graduation. Scholarships allow students to enroll full time and remain focused on their studies; they also reduce drop-out rates, decrease the stress of student loans, and shorten the road to graduation.

The need for scholarships grows each year, however, as students continue to face an increased financial burden in pursuit of a college degree. In fact, 94 percent of today’s baccalaureate students borrow to pay for college – versus just 45 percent in 1993. And across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2013 was $35,200.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider establishing a scholarship at The University of Akron. Scholarships can be created to honor a living person, in memory of a loved one, or to contribute to the growth of an area of study. To learn more, please contact the Department of Development at 330-972-7238. 

Please note: All scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid. Students interested in applying for a scholarship may visit the Financial Aid webpage, call 330-972-7032, or e-mail The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships.

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Bulger, Ph.D., Charles E. and Esgar Bowen Foltz, M.D., Endowed Scholarship

The Charles E. Bulger, Ph.D., and Esgar Bowen Foltz, M.D., Endowed Scholarship was established by Dr. Clarence T. Gilham, class of 1934. This scholarship was created to assist Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences students based on academic merit and financial need. The University of Akron Office of Financial Aid, in consultation with the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Committee, will select qualified recipients.

As a professor of German, Charles E. Bulger made a significant impact on Clarence Gilham’s education. He gave Dr. Gilham a glimpse of what college should be and influenced ongoing academic pursuits. Esgar Bowen Foltz and Clarence Gilham met in German class and began a lasting friendship. Through their shared interest in classical music, they traveled to Cleveland every Saturday to attend orchestra and theater performances.

Clarence Gilham established The Charles E. Bulger, Ph.D., and Esgar Bowen Foltz, M.D., Endowed Scholarship to honor his friends’ memory and to give support to students. It is Dr. Gilham’s sincere wish that the student recipients continue a tradition of philanthropy by supporting their alma mater when they graduate.

Note for students interested in applying for a scholarship: The Department of Development at The University of Akron does not accept applications for, or distribute, scholarships.

For information on how to apply for a scholarship, please visit UA's Office of Student Financial Aid page.

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