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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Flickinger, Ruth Irwin Career Internship for English

Mrs. Ruth Irwin Flickinger counts both The University of Akron and The Akron Beacon Journal as her alma maters. In the 1930s, the income earned at her job as a cub reporter allowed her to attend The University of Akron, where she achieved a bachelor of arts degree. Her beginnings as a journalist led her into a lifetime career as a writer. After graduating from the University, she wrote as a "ghost author" for the popular Little Big Books published by Saalfield Publishers of Akron. As a wife and mother, she continued to publish freelance stories in publications, including Highlights for Children and Jack and Jill. She also continued to write for Saalfield Publishers. Mrs. Irwin Flickinger established The Ruth Irwin Flickinger Career Internship for English in gratitude for the education she received at The University of Akron and the newspaper job that made it possible for her to attend. The Ruth Irwin Flickinger Career Internship for English was established to assist an upperclassman pursuing a career in print media who is writing for the Akron Beacon Journal.

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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