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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Doubledee, John Wesley Endowed Scholarship

The John Wesley Doubledee Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to one student who displays significant potential as a future business leader through academic success, civic involvement, and community efforts. The recipient will be a deserving student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in business within the following areas: e-business, entrepreneurship, international business, or information technologies.

To be considered for this scholarship, both undergraduate and graduate students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Graduate students must have been accepted within one of The University of Akron’s graduate programs in the College of Business Administration. Preference will be given to students who are Summit County residents. Awards are renewable to students maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit a letter of application and resume to The Office of Student Financial Aid. The letter should indicate how the candidate qualifies for the scholarship (e.g. current GPA, current employment, and extracurricular activities). The Office of Student Financial Aid will have the first opportunity to determine the recipients, in consultation with Deanna Doubledee. If there are no eligible College of Business Administration candidates, the Office of Student Financial Aid will determine the scholarship recipients in consultation with Deanna Doubledee.

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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