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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Wilson, Virginia E. Assistive Listening Device Center Endowment

In 1988 Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert Wilson provided a leadership gift that made possible a state-of-the-art facility for the Speech and Hearing Center of The School of Communicative Disorders, The Virginia E. Wilson Assistive Listening Device Center. Established out of gratitude for the services the Department had provided Virginia Wilson, The Wilson Center is recognized as the finest facility of its kind in the world. It is a tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson's passion for excellence and quality. 
The Virginia E. Wilson Assistive Listening Device Center Endowment was established in 1995 for the single purpose of providing the necessary resources to maintain the Center at its current level of excellence. The funds made available by the endowment are to be expended by the coordinator(s) of the Assistive Listening Device center in collaboration with the school director and dean to assure the center remains a valuable resource to individuals with hearing impairment and the faculty and students who serve them.

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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