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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Class of 2004 Book Scholarship Fund

The Class of 2004 Book Scholarship Fund was established by The University of Akron School of Law graduating class of 2004. Class presidents Greta L. Johnson (day division) and Edwin A. Sisson (evening division) initiated the development of this fund on behalf of the class.

The Class of 2004 Book Scholarship Fund will be awarded each semester to one day and one evening law student with awards of $200 each. The fund is designed to assist as many law students as possible; therefore, each student is only eligible to receive this scholarship once. The class of 2004 seeks to assist students who demonstrate values of hard work and dedication to their legal education with consideration of financial need. The scholarship recipients are selected by the School of Law Scholarship Committee.

The School of Law is grateful to members of the Class of 2004 for creating this fund. Their generosity is a selfless and thoughtful act in celebration of their graduation from Law School and the commencement of their professional legal career.

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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