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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Dreskin, Howard J. and Phyllis M. Levine Endowed Scholarship

The Howard J. Dreskin and Phyllis M. Levine Endowed Scholarship was established in 2006 by Howard J. Dreskin. Mr. Dreskin, a member of The University of Akron class of 1976, earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and a master’s degree in microbiology from Rutgers University. He is also a certified medical technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Howard Dreskin’s distinguished career has been centered in the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Dreskin currently works as director of clinical operations for Optimer Pharmaceuticals in San Diego. Most recently, Mr. Dreskin worked for Pfizer Inc., where he served as director, clinical study and data management in the Global Research and Development division. Other appointments include serving as a research assistant for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, working as an associate scientist for Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation; working as a senior clinical research associate for Johnson & Johnson, and serving as associate director of Worldwide Clinical Safety for SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals. In 2002, Mr. Dreskin co-authored a book chapter titled, Drug Surveillance in "Principles and Practice of Pharmaceutical Medicine."

In creating The Howard J. Dreskin and Phyllis M. Levine Endowed Scholarship, Mr. Dreskin desires to help undergraduate students in the physical sciences realize the opportunity for current and future educational and career success, similar to what he experienced as a University of Akron student. Motivated students with a 2.5 GPA or better and who show promise, as determined by faculty, and who have demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Affairs, will be eligible for The Howard J. Dreskin and Phyllis M. Levine Scholarship.

The Howard J. Dreskin and Phyllis M. Levine Endowed Scholarship will be awarded on a rotating basis among the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. The Dean of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, in consultation with the Department Chair and the Office of Student Financial Affairs, shall make the scholarship award.

Mr. Dreskin is married to Phyllis M. Levine. Originally from New Jersey and New York respectively, Howard and Phyllis live in California, where they enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and tennis, as well as photography and art.

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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