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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Alderman, M. Kay Endowed Scholarship in Education

The M. Kay Alderman Endowed Scholarship in Education was established by M. Kay Alderman in 2011. She joined The University of Akron as a full-time faculty member in September 1979 and retired as a professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in June 2006. Prior to beginning her career at The University of Akron, Dr. Alderman taught for many years in the Houston Public School System. While teaching there, she earned her master's degree at The University of Texas and her doctorate from the University of Houston.

Dr. Alderman is very active in the volunteer community when it comes to educating children. She has always held a strong belief that teachers make a difference, and she continues to put that belief into practice.

The M. Kay Alderman Endowed Scholarship in Education will be awarded annually to two deserving College of Education students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 and also have a financial need for assistance. It is expected that the recipients have a strong work ethic and a commitment to making a difference for all students. The scholarship is renewable, and the recipients will be determined by the College of Education in conjunction with the Office of Student 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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