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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Cameos of Caring Endowed Scholarship

At the initiative of Dean Cynthia Flynn Capers, The University of Akron’s College of Nursing launched a regional event on November 16, 2002, designed to help retain current nurses and recruit new nursing students to the profession by enhancing the image of nursing by publicly honoring outstanding nurses. As part of its Campaign for Nursing’s Future, Johnson & Johnson, wishing to address the key issues causing the nursing shortage, invested in the effort by serving as the Presenting Sponsor. Akron General Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, and Summa Health System collaborated on the implementation of the event and served as co-sponsoring hospitals. Additionally, Barberton Citizens Hospital and Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital demonstrated their support by participating in the program.

In general, funds in The Cameos of Caring Endowed Scholarship are to be placed in an endowed account, and only the interest will be disbursed, according to University policy. However, upon written instructions from the dean of the College of Nursing to the treasurer of The University of Akron Foundation, up to an additional 5 percent of the principal also may be made available for disbursement in any one year.

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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