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 Christine Curry in the Department of Development at 330-972-8614 or

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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Shallenberger, Peggy J. Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Peggy J. Shallenberger Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in November 2009 by the colleagues of Peggy J. Shallenberger and later endowed through a gift from Peggy's family. For 35 years, Peggy was a valued colleague and friend at Wayne College. She held a number of positions in her time at Wayne, from student services counselor to admissions and job placement coordinator. In 2002, she became the administrative assistant to the Wayne College full-time faculty, a position at which she especially excelled. Peggy was held in high regard by her colleagues and always reminded her co-workers of the central mission of Wayne College - service to students. She always sought what was best for students and for their success. This memorial scholarship will serve as a legacy to her service, dedication, and good spirit. She will always be missed and remembered by many friends and alumni.

Eligible students must be enrolled full time at Wayne College. The Office of Financial Aid at The University of Akron Wayne College will select the recipients annually.

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. You may also call the Financial Aid Office at 330-972-7032 or email them at


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