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 the Department of Development at 330-972-7238. 

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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Baker, Royce R. and Kathryn McCormick Baker Endowment Fund

Kathryn “Kitte” Baker attended The University of Akron and earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, music, in 1944.  She went on to earn an M.A. from Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York. While at Columbia, she performed with fellow University of Akron alumna Bette Burke Pruett as duo pianists at New York’s Town Hall. Mrs. Baker’s musical career also consisted of professional accompaniment and teaching piano. Mr. and Mrs. Baker were generous benefactors of The University of Akron during their lifetimes, providing funds for the purchase of a Steinway D grand piano for the School of Music in 2002.

The Royce R. Baker and Kathryn McCormick Baker Endowment Fund is designated to fund scholarships for students in the School of Music who demonstrate strong commitment to their academic and musical studies.

Selection of scholarship recipients of The Royce R. Baker and Kathryn McCormick Baker Endowment Fund will be made by the director of the School of Music or the appropriate designee. Recipients may apply for renewal of the award provided they remain in good standing at The University of Akron and in the School of Music.

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.

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