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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Maxey, Walter E. Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Walter E. Maxey Memorial Scholarship was established in 2007 by Dr. Maxey’s mother, Gertrude Maxey. Dr. Maxey attended The University of Akron and graduated in 1967 with a B.S. in mathematics. He went on to Purdue University, where he earned both his master’s and doctorate. He was a college professor for more than 25 years who taught math, computer science, and electrical engineering courses at Merrimack, Amherst, and Marietta colleges.

Funds will benefit students who have graduated from one of the Akron Public Schools who are attending The University of Akron. Recipients are to be selected from full-time students in The College of Arts and Sciences who are pursuing a degree in mathematics or computer science. It is the donor's intention that the scholarship will help attract quality students eager to use their skills in teaching, research, or business.

Should no candidates surface in the math or science area, consideration may be given to any outstanding student from the Akron Public School System as selected by the Office of Financial Aid, which will be responsible for awarding this scholarship.

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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