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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Curley, Dr. Mark H. Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Mark H. Curley Scholarship Fund was established as a tribute to the work and distinguished career of Dr. Mark Curley. An assistant professor of English as a second language, and of management, Curley teaches at the Centre d’études collégiales à Chibougamau du Cégep de St-Félicien Chibougamau in Québec, Canada.

A native of Montreal, Curley is an accomplished academician who holds a Master of Arts in political science from The University of Akron; an MBA, MLRHR and a Ph.D. in urban education from Cleveland State University; and a Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin-Wallace University.

Curley crafted a distinguished 30-year career as a KeyBank executive, holding posts including manager of international money transfer, branch administrative officer and private banking officer. Curley also held teaching posts at both Chancellor (formerly Myers University) and Kent State universities.

A lifelong, classically trained student of the piano, Curley has dedicated his life to improving the lives of others. His wide range of community service includes serving as an officer of PIANO "Cleveland International Piano Competition;" vice president of the Alliance Française de Cleveland; and director of the Maison Française Fund, a philanthropic affiliation for French language education and Franco-American cultural activity.

The Dr. Mark H. Curley Scholarship(s) are awarded to full-time University of Akron students majoring in political science with demonstrated financial need and academic success. The scholarship recipient(s) will be selected by The University of Akron Scholarship Committee.

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