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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Cramblette, Judith Ann Scholarship in Engineering

The Judith Ann Cramblette Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering was established in loving memory of Judy by her husband, Donn, a 1967 graduate of The University of Akron’s College of Engineering. Judy Cramblette enjoyed a long and fulfilling career at the Rochester, N.Y., School for the Deaf and was a strong advocate of education and helping those in need. Donn Cramblette spent a 20-year career at the University of Rochester as a construction manager. He is a registered professional engineer in both Ohio and New York. Both Judy and Donn were natives of Akron, and Donn chose his alma mater as a place to provide scholarship support in Judy’s memory as a means to assist students with financial need who are enrolled in the College of Engineering. 

The scholarship is to be awarded annually to a female College of Engineering student entering her junior or senior year. Preference will be given to students who are graduates of the Akron Public Schools who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. If no candidates meet this criteria, preference will be given to female juniors or seniors with a 3.0 GPA from any high school. The recipient will be chosen by a member of the Cramblette family in conjunction with the College of Engineering’s dean’s office.

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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