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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Phillipson Jr., Dr. John Samuel Scholarship Fund

The Dr. John Samuel Phillipson Jr. Scholarship Fund was established through a gift from the estate of Dr. John Phillipson (1917-1995). Dr. Phillipson taught English for 39 years, 25 of those at The University of Akron. A good deal of his life's work was the study of author Thomas Wolfe. As a scholar of 18th century English literature, he was drawn by this 20th century author's vivid romanticism. He founded The Thomas Wolfe Review in 1977, which provided the impetus for the creation of The Thomas Wolfe Society. The Thomas Wolfe Review, an international journal, was funded by the English Department at The University of Akron. His love of literature was matched by his great love of travel. This merit scholarship serves as a tribute to Dr. Phillipson's unwavering devotion to students and the field of English.

This endowed scholarship will be awarded to a meritorious student enrolled full time in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences' Department of English, as part of the Scholarships for Excellence program.

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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