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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Foght, James L. and Martha J. Professorship in Chemistry

James L. Foght graduated from The University of Akron in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He proceeded to earn his master’s degree and Ph.D. in organic chemistry, with minors in biochemistry and microbiology, from the University of Illinois. Dr. Foght’s professional career began at E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co., and he also served in two positions at Kidder Peabody. Dr. Foght founded and served as president of Vector Securities International, which specialized in banking services for the life sciences and health-care industries.

The James L. and Martha L. Foght Professorship in Chemistry was created in 2001 by a donation from Dr. and Mrs. Foght and a matching contribution from the GAR Foundation. The University of Akron’s Department of Chemistry will fill the position with a scientist of recognized stature and reputation in the fields of biochemistry and polymer science intersect. The Foght Professor will interact with research groups in both the Department of Chemistry and the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

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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