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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D’Ianni, Dr. and Mrs. James D. Chemistry Endowment

The Dr. and Mrs. James D. D’Ianni Chemistry Endowment was established in 1995 by Dr. James D. D’Ianni in recognition of his undergraduate years at The University of Akron and sustained affiliation with the Department of Chemistry in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences.

The endowment will assist the Department of Chemistry’s burgeoning research initiatives by providing a source of funding for equipment and matching funds for research grants. The endowment will also support graduate student assistantships in chemistry and scholarships for the most meritorious undergraduate students, on the basis of need, who are seeking a degree in chemistry.

Dr. D’Ianni received a B.S. in chemistry from The University of Akron and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and later became the director of research for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He taught evening courses for The University of Akron’s Department of Chemistry, was a member of The University of Akron’s graduate school advisory committee, and participated on many local and national organizations, including serving as president of the American Chemical Society and the advisory board of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. D’Ianni’s outstanding contributions to chemistry earned him more than 17 patents and the listing as a top-100 contributor to rubber literature.

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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