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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Shaw, Dr. Douglas Award for Community Involvement

The Dr. Douglas Shaw Award for Community Involvement was established in 2004 by Dr. Shaw’s family, friends, and colleagues in memory of his outstanding 32 years as a professor of history, public administration, and urban studies. As well as teaching at The University of Akron, Dr. Shaw served as the associate dean of the graduate school. He was always a caring and professional teacher and touched the lives of many students with his wisdom and use of visual irony. Dr. Shaw had a passion for grassroots political activism that created a benefit for the community through neighborhood revitalization and economic development. He believed in instilling in his students “the understanding of the political process that gets things done and creates change.”

The Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies and the Department of Political Science, along with the Shaw family, will award the scholarship annually to a graduate student who demonstrates the use of his or her knowledge to benefit the community through grassroots participation in government. First preference is to be given to a graduate student in the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies.

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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