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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Department of Physics Faculty and Alumni Scholarship

The Department of Physics Faculty and Alumni Scholarship was created as a means for faculty, alumni, and friends to provide support for students pursuing degrees in physics. This scholarship was funded through an initial gift from the estate of Mark L. and Doris L. Dannis.

Mark Dannis was a physicist and career researcher for BFGoodrich. He was a pioneer inventor in the field of plastics and polymer research and was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Honor by the Akron Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers in 1997. After retiring from BFGoodrich, Mark Dannis taught Astronomy for several semesters in the Department of Physics at The University of Akron. He did not forget that The University of Akron gave him an opportunity to pursue his love of science, even in retirement.

The Department of Physics Faculty and Alumni Scholarship provides tuition assistance for Department of Physics students enrolled at The University of Akron, based on academic merit and financial need. The Department of Physics, in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid, will select The Department of Physics Faculty and Alumni Scholarship recipients.

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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