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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Sanders, Raymond E. Research Scholarship

The Raymond E. Sanders Research Scholarship was created by family and friends of Dr. Raymond Elgin Sanders to honor his commitment as a professor and researcher at The University of Akron. Dr. Sanders served as a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Akron for more than 30 years. Dr. Sanders taught undergraduate and graduate classes dealing with cognition, learning, and cognitive aging. He was a superb and enthusiastic instructor, demonstrating expert understanding of the topic areas presented in his classes. He was a well-liked and caring mentor for many students’ honors projects, master’s theses, and dissertation projects. Dr. Sanders communicated his love of research and investment in quality scholarship to all who worked with him and published many articles in well-respected journals.

The Raymond E. Sanders Research Scholarship provides support for a psychology major who exemplifies both an interest and competence in the psychological research enterprise. The Department of Psychology chair, in consultation with the psychology faculty, will select the recipient of these funds as they are available.

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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