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

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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Lectureship in Gerontology

The Lectureship in Gerontology was established in 2005 by a gift from Robert N. and Sharon Gandee to honor their friend, Dr. Harvey Stern, who for more than 30 years has directed The University of Akron’s Institute for Lifespan Development and Gerontology.

Dr. Gandee and Dr. Stern were colleagues with a professional interest in Gerontology. Dr. Gandee, who directed the Center for Exercise Physiology and Gerontology for many years, dedicated his career at The University of Akron to educating senior citizens to live healthful and productive lives. Sharon was an educator her entire life. She believes that education should challenge students, broaden their horizons, and expand their scope of life’s opportunities. Together, the Gandees believe education is an important factor in creating direction and fulfillment in life.

The Lectureship in Gerontology is to provide a speaking program for The Institute for Lifespan Development and Gerontology. The lectureship will provide annual opportunities for the students, faculty, and the local community to better understand the ways to live longer productive lives.

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


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