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 ccurry@uakron.edu

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 finaid@uakron.edu. The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships.


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Little, Robert W. Graduate Fellowship in History

The Robert W. Little Graduate Fellowship in History was created through the generosity of Robert W. Little and the Robert W. Little Foundation. Robert W. Little studied history and classics at The University of Akron, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1952 and his master’s degree in 1954. Mr. Little was able to pursue his college degree through the GI Bill following honorable service to his country. After college, he worked for both the BFGoodrich Company as a tire maker and the Akron Public Library as a researcher. He passed away May 26, 2000. The Robert W. Little Foundation was established through the estate of Robert W. Little.

Dr. Summerfield Baldwin III was both a professor and mentor to Robert W. Little. The Robert W. Little Graduate Fellowship in History honors the lives of Robert W. Little and Dr. Summerfield Baldwin III. It was through Dr. Baldwin’s extraordinary teaching talents that Robert Little developed research skills, a love of history, and the ability to seek and analyze knowledge. Dr. Baldwin served as an inspiration to Robert W. Little and countless other students who were fortunate to be in his classroom.

The Robert W. Little Graduate Fellowship in History was created through a gift from the Robert W. Little Foundation. The fellowship offers talented students the resources needed to complete their graduate studies in history. The University of Akron is grateful to Robert W. Little and the Robert W. Little Foundation trustees for the many lives they touched through the creation of The Robert W. Little Graduate Fellowship in History.

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 finaid@uakron.edu.

 


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