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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Christian Values in Business Endowed Scholarship

The Christian Values in Business Endowed Scholarship was established in 1998 by alumni of the University, Ronald W. and Beverly J. Ocasek. This scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Ocasek to reward aspiring young business people who show definite promise of Christian service in the business community.

The Christian Values in Business Endowed Scholarship provides tuition assistance to a student enrolled in the College of Business Administration. These scholarships are to be awarded to students who are active members of a Christian church in Summit County, who demonstrate an exemplary spiritual life, and show definite promise of Christian service in the business community. Applicants should be students who maintain good academic records and receive a recommendation from their local pastor. To remain eligible for the scholarship, the student must maintain a 2.5 GPA at The University of Akron. Selection of the recipient will be determined by the College of Business Administration without regard to race, creed, color, sex, or national origin.

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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