Named scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.

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. Across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2016 was $37,172; for Ohio students, that figure was $30,239.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider a gift to the MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND MOVING FORWARD scholarship campaign, which is the University's most important initiative. You may also establish a named scholarship at The University of Akron, which 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

How do I apply for a scholarship?

This is not the page to apply for scholarships.

Students who want to apply for scholarships should visit the scholarship page on the Financial Aid site.

The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships. Scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Cynthia Flynn Capers Endowed Fund for Nursing Students’ Success

The Cynthia Flynn Capers Endowed Fund for Nursing Students’ Success, originally established in 1997 by Cynthia Flynn Capers, Ph.D., then dean of The University of Akron College of Nursing, was revised in 2017.  The fund is designed to advance nursing student success through clinical simulation experiences.

Dr. Capers retired from The University of Akron in 2012 as Special Assistant to the Provost.  She joined UA in 1997 as dean of the College of Nursing, and subsequently served as interim dean of The College of Education prior to joining the provost’s office. 

In 2002, while dean of the College of Nursing, Dr. Capers brought Cameos of Caring® to northeast Ohio. It continues today as an annual event, celebrating nurses and bringing attention to their contributions and the profession.  In 2010, she was the 100th Cameos award recipient in recognition of her leadership and nursing advocacy. She is also founder of the Academic Leadership Forum at The University of Akron, a professional development program for faculty and administrators.

Dr. Capers’ commitment to the Akron community has been as strong as her link to the University and the nursing profession. She serves on numerous local and national boards and committees for the improvement of health, welfare and education within the community. 

She completed her initial nursing education at Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, D.C. and earned her baccalaureate degree from the University of Maryland.  Her master and doctoral degrees and post-doctoral work were obtained at the University of Pennsylvania.  She was a Fellow of the American Nurses Association, Minority Fellowship Program for doctoral and post-doctoral work and completed the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education program. 

The Cynthia Flynn Capers Endowed Fund for Nursing Students’ Success will support clinical simulation experiences, expenses associated with utilization of external sites (e.g.. the cost for utilization of facilities at The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron), and improving on-campus simulation resources. It is not intended to defray tuition costs or to fund conference registration fees.  Funds are available for simulation experiences for both undergraduate and graduate education; however, preference is for undergraduate students.  The School of Nursing director, in collaboration with the school’s development contact, will approve the use of funds.

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