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.

Search for a Named Scholarship

Search by letter
Search by text
Search by category


Coleman, Lester E. and Kathleen A. Chair

Dr. Lester E. Coleman graduated from The University of Akron in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He proceeded to obtain a master’s degree and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois. Dr. Coleman joined Lubrizol Corporation in 1955 as a research chemist and eventually ascended to Chairman and CEO. He held more than 30 U.S. patents and 85 foreign patents and authored 50 magazine articles and magazine publications. Mrs. Coleman has served as a trustee for Hiram College and has been very involved in the Cleveland community.

The Lester E. and Kathleen A. Coleman Chair was created in 2002 by The Lester E. and Kathleen A. Coleman Foundation and a matching contribution from The GAR Foundation. The endowment provides the University with annual financial support for the recruitment and retention of a senior scientist of recognized stature and national reputation in the field of chemistry, with preference given to those concentrating their work in the synthesis or spectroscopic characterization of macromolecular materials. The endowment will fortify interdisciplinary research within the University and will promote interactions between regional and national colleges and universities, government agencies, and other organizations involved in chemistry and polymer science.

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.

Was this information helpful?