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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Thornton, Kaitlyn M. Emergency Fund for Nursing Students

The Kaitlyn M. Thornton Emergency Fund for Nursing Students was established in 2010 by members of the law firm of Renner Kenner Greive Bobak Taylor & Weber Co. LPA, as well as family and friends of Kaitlyn Thornton. This fund was established in memory of Ms. Thornton and honors her passion for nursing. The Kaitlyn M. Thornton Emergency Fund for Nursing Students will provide meaningful assistance to nursing students who are facing economic hardships. It is hoped that this fund will offer encouragement and inspiration to student beneficiaries to persevere and succeed in their quest to become a nurse.

The Kaitlyn M. Thornton Emergency Fund for Nursing Students is to be used to provide assistance to a student enrolled in The University of Akron's College of Nursing who demonstrates economic need. Monies will be distributed as long as funds are available, and award determinations will be made by the director of the College of Nursing's Office of Student Affairs. Award recipients may use funds for tuition, books, and/or personal expenses, including utilities, shelter, food, and/or other unforeseen bona fide emergency expenses that may arise and otherwise make it difficult for the students to continue their nursing studies.

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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