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 Christine Curry in the Department of Development at 330-972-8614 or

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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Macior, Lazarus Walter Graduate Scholarship in Botany and Plant Sciences

The Lazarus Walter Macior Graduate Scholarship in Botany and Plant Sciences was established in 2002 to provide scholarship opportunities to students who have been accepted to a graduate program and are specializing in botany or plant sciences. Qualifying students are to submit their request to the chair of the Department of Biology.

Dr. Lazarus Walter Macior is a retired member of The University of Akron Department of Biology faculty. As a distinguished professor and recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award, he brought honor to the Department of Biology during his tenure. Dr. Macior continues to serve the Department of Biology and The University of Akron through his research in the area of botany and plant sciences and as an emeritus faculty member.

Alice Macior, Dr. Macior’s mother, provided his first introduction to plants and instilled an appreciation for the study of botany. Through this scholarship, Dr. Macior hopes to provide opportunities to talented students pursuing graduate work in botany and plant sciences.

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. You may also call the Financial Aid Office at 330-972-7032 or email them at


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