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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Strain, Dr. Franklin Memorial Graduate Chemistry Scholarship

The endowed Dr. Franklin Strain Memorial Graduate Chemistry Scholarship was established by a gift from Dr. Franklin Strain. Dr. Strain received degrees at Ottawa University and the University of Kansas. He was director of research for the Barberton Laboratories of PPG Industries for 20 years. He was the coordinator of research for the Chemical Division of PPG Pittsburgh for three years, prior to retirement in 1973 with a total of 36 years of service.

Dr. Strain enjoyed a very successful career in chemical research, holding 147 patents (97 U.S. patents and 40 foreign patents). He had an inquisitive mind, an ability to think analytically, and a great fascination with organic chemistry. Dr. Strain invented the synthesis of plastic that revolutionized personal eyeglasses. The product, called CR39, has the optical qualities of glass, unmatched by any other resin. More than half of all prescription eyewear lenses sold in the United States today are cast from CR39 resin.

Dr. Strain served on the Advisory Committee of the Graduate School at The University Akron. He was concerned with recruiting and encouraging outstanding graduate students in chemistry. The Dr. Franklin Strain Memorial Graduate Chemistry Scholarship is to be awarded to an outstanding graduate chemistry student with a special interest in organic chemistry.

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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