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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Sebring Jr., Gerald W. ’53 and Elizabeth A. ’52 Scholarship

The Gerald W. ’53 and Elizabeth A. ’52 Sebring Jr. Scholarship was established by Gerald and Elizabeth Sebring Jr. of Excelsior, Minn., in memory of Gordon A. Hagerman. Mr. and Mrs. Sebring wish to honor Mr. Gordon Hagerman for the important role he played in their lives as students at The University of Akron. Mr. Hagerman was a former Dean of Men at The University of Akron and is credited by Mr. Sebring as having a substantial influence on obtaining his college degree. Mr. Hagerman passed away on September 1, 2001.

Mr. and Mrs. Sebring have designated The Gerald W. ’53 and Elizabeth A. ’52 Sebring Jr. Scholarship to support married students attending the University. Mr. and Mrs. Sebring were married during their undergraduate studies at the University, giving them an understanding for the difficulties faced by these individuals. Scholarship awards will not be limited to a specific college. Student recipients must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA to be eligible for the scholarship. Awards will be given yearly and selected by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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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