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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Hagerman, J. Randall Memorial Scholarship

The J. Randall Hagerman Memorial Scholarship was established in 2012 by Margaret Hagerman in memory of her late husband, J. Randall Hagerman. Born in Fresno, Calif., Mr. Hagerman attended The University of Akron and graduated in 1951 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953 with the rank of Captain. In 1956 he graduated from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, following post-graduate studies in hospital administration. During his career, he worked in a number of health-care administrative positions, including Akron Children’s Hospital and the Toronto General Hospital, where he served in the position of Administrator. Over the years, Mr. Hagerman was a generous supporter of The University of Akron.

The J. Randall Hagerman Memorial Scholarship was established to support students enrolled in the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic merit, leadership skills, and financial need by the Office of the Dean in the College of Business Administration in coordination with the Office of 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.

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