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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Nixon, Charles E. and Betty J. Endowed Scholarship

Mr. Nixon earned two associate degrees (in sales and merchandising and business management technology) and a bachelor's of science in technical education from The University of Akron. He enjoyed a successful career for 43 years with BFGoodrich, where he retired as senior supervisor in maintenance and engineering. By observing their children and grandchildren, Mrs. Nixon have had the opportunity to see the impact that enthusiastic teachers can have on young people's lives. They have established The Charles E. and Betty J. Nixon Endowed Scholarship to support an undergraduate student majoring in elementary education. The Nixon's requested that the basis for selecting the recipient of the scholarship be, “... someone who has a genuine enthusiasm for teaching and who would like to make a positive impact through teaching young children." This endowment is to benefit qualified and deserving students in the College of Education majoring in elementary education. Selection of award recipients will be made by the Office of Student Financial Aid together with the Dean of the College of Education.


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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