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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Keene, Barbara Horner Endowed Scholarship in Education

The Barbara Horner Keene Endowed Scholarship in Education was established in December 2004. Mrs. Keene holds a B.S. from Purdue University and an M.S. from The University of Akron. Her work at Purdue was in chemical engineering and comprehensive science. While at The University of Akron, she earned teaching certificates for K-12, special reading, English, chemistry, math and physics, as well as certificates for curriculum supervision, principal and superintendent of schools. 

With another experienced teacher, Mrs. Keene started the Learning Center Inc., a remedial clinic and consulting firm that developed, wrote and edited many books, films, tapes, games and puzzles to enhance learning. Among the company's products were the Britannica Reading Achievement Program, teachers’ manuals for the Holt Basic Reading System, and manuals for 12 units of basic training for the U.S. Women’s Air Force. Mrs. Keene was also a teacher and administrator for Portage County Schools in Ohio. 

The scholarship will be awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Education with above average academic standing, financial need, and who plans a career as an elementary or reading specialist teacher. The recipient will be chosen by the College of Education’s Office of Student Affairs in conjunction with the Office of Financial Aid. 

Mrs. Keene previously donated to The University of Akron an extensive collection of elementary schoolbooks dating back to the 1800s. As a condition of receiving the scholarship, the recipient must incorporate these books in his/her studies in some way. They can be used as reference materials or as a study topic for a paper, for example.

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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