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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Cook, Dr. Diana L. and Philip Swettenham Endowed Scholarship in Secondary Education

The Dr. Diana L. Cook and Philip Swettenham Endowed Scholarship in Secondary Education was created in 2007 by Dr. Diana L. Cook and her husband, Philip Swettenham, in support of students pursuing degrees in the College of Education Secondary Education programs. Dr. Cook received all three of her degrees from The University of Akron: a B.A. in education in 1982, an M.A. in education in 1986, and her Ed.D. in 1988. During her undergraduate years at The University of Akron, Dr. Cook was a member of the women’s tennis team, and throughout her master’s and doctoral programs, she served as a graduate assistant in the College of Education. 

With a strong belief in the transforming power education can play in an individual’s life, Dr. Cook and Philip Swettenham established this scholarship to encourage University of Akron students residing in the state of Ohio to continue their education and to assist these students in meeting the financial demands associated with furthering their education. Income from this endowed fund shall be used to provide renewable annual scholarship awards to incoming freshmen pursing degrees in secondary education. 

Recipients of this scholarship shall be students with a 3.0 or higher accumulative GPA from high school who maintain the same GPA standards while attending The University of Akron. The recipients of this scholarship will be selected by the College of Education Office of Student Affairs in cooperation with the Office of Financial Aid.

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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