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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Solomon, Frances Schwebel Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Frances Schwebel Solomon Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund was created through the generosity of Mrs. Frances Schwebel-Solomon, daughter of the late Mr. Joseph Schwebel, founder of Schwebel Baking Company. The Frances Schwebel Solomon Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund will be made available to employees of the Schwebel Baking Company (who have been employed for a minimum of two years) and members of their immediate families. The recipients of the scholarship may be enrolled in any college at The University of Akron. The scholarship will cover only the cost of annual tuition. On March 1 of each year, the Schwebel Baking Company will forward all the scholarship application forms for the applicants who meet the scholarship requirements to The University of Akron. The University’s Office of Financial Aid and the respective Dean or Administrator of the selected program of study will determine the scholarship recipients. The Frances Schwebel Solomon Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund will be made available regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or gender.

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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