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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White, Rachel M. Endowed Scholarship Fund for Children

The Rachel M. White Endowed Scholarship Fund for Children was established in December 2001 through contributions by family and friends of Rachel M. White. Rachel was an individual who positively affected everyone she met through her spirit of grace and kindness. She was a loving and devoted mother and wife, and her family remained her priority throughout a successful 30-year career with General Motors. She guided her three children to adulthood, instilling in them an appreciation for education, community, and for helping others. She was a friend and helpmate to Joseph White Jr., her husband for 35 years.

This fund shall be used to assist a student pursuing a degree in social work or elementary education. Recipients must demonstrate financial need, must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, and participate in at least one community service organization. The scholarship is eligible for renewal until graduation. Preference will be given to students who plan a career in service to the needs of minority children. The family believes these criteria will best honor the legacy of Rachel M. White.

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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