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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Brunswick/Sigrist Endowed Scholarship

Robert C. Sigrist, class of 1959, retired president of the defense division of Brunswick Corporation, established The Brunswick/Sigrist Endowed Scholarship in 1995 through The Brunswick Foundation.

Mr. Sigrist earned his BSBA by attending the University at night and working full time until a year before graduation. During that year, Mr. Sigrist attended the University full time to complete his degree. To assist and encourage College of Business Administration students to complete a business degree, The Brunswick/Sigrist Endowed Scholarship is awarded to an upper classperson (sophomore, junior, or senior) in the College of Business who has demonstrated high achievement in both leadership and scholarship without regard for financial need. The scholarship is awarded for the duration of the student's academic program, provided he or she maintains a 3.0 (out of a possible 4.0) GPA and carries at least 10 hours. Priority will be given to students who are employed at least part time while attending the College of Business Administration and whose educational objective is to work in the industry and business community upon graduation.

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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