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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Summit County Medical Alliance Endowed Nursing Scholarship

In 1987, after many years of providing financial support for nursing students, the Summit County Medical Society Auxiliary, known since 1994 as the Summit County Medical Alliance (SCMA), established an endowed nursing scholarship for nursing students at The University of Akron’s College of Nursing. The intention of the SCMA was to encourage nurses to stay in the profession by providing financial assistance for tuition, books, and fees to preferably diploma nurses seeking a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The scholarship recipients were required to be full-time students, residents of Summit County, and not working or working only limited hours. To assure the success of each individual awarded this scholarship, previous recipients were considered for continued support.

During January 2003, the Scholarship Committee of the SCMA decided to amend The Summit County Medical Alliance Endowed Nursing Scholarship description to provide more flexibility in accord with the changing circumstances of the times. Also, as with the original scholarship description, scholarship recipients will be recognized in SCMA publications and requested to meet with the organization’s membership.

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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