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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Fields, Kimberly R. Scholarship

The Kimberly R. Fields Scholarship was created to assist students in the Upward Bound Math and Science program. As a participant in the Upward Bound Math and Science program as a high school student, Ms. Fields was offered a unique learning environment in a college setting. She was so moved by the experience that following her graduation from Bowling Green State University, Ms. Fields assisted with speaking engagements and lobbied on behalf of Upward Bound programs for the state of Ohio.

Ms. Fields decided to establish a scholarship to offer other students in the Upward Bound Math and Science program the opportunity to continue their learning experience. The Academic Achievement Program office will distribute and collect all applications. Each applicant will be required to complete an application with a 300-word essay, and the recipient will be chosen by Ms. Fields.

This $500 scholarship will be given annually to one student who has successfully completed the Upward Bound Math and Science program. Awards will be applied to the fall semester.

This award is available to any Upward Bound Math Science senior student who will be majoring in the following fields of study: technology, engineering, or science at their selected college or university.

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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