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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Brow, Bacari K. Sales Scholarship

The Bacari K. Brown Sales Scholarship, established in April 2007 but awarded in 2006, was created to financially support students in the Ronald R. and Diane C. Fisher Institute for Professional Selling in the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron. Bacari K. Brown received a BSBA in marketing management in 2003 from The University of Akron. Bacari is a stellar sales professional with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Recipient must be a full-time student in good standing with the Institute, exhibit noticeable financial need, and preferably have a strong GPA. The student’s character is of utmost importance. The recipient must be tenacious, charismatic, hard-working, and goal-oriented. He or she must be aware that the college learning experience takes place both inside and outside of the classroom and be able to stand out in a crowd.

The scholarship recipient will be selected by Brown and/or the director of the Fisher Institute for Professional Selling. The recipient will receive one half of the award in the fall term and the remaining half in the spring term. The scholarship can be awarded through the recipient’s senior year, if applicable.

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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