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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Owen, Esther S. Scholarship Endowment in Elementary Education

The Esther S. Owen Scholarship Endowment in Elementary Education was created by Esther S. Owen and Harry S. Owen in 2002. Mrs. Owen received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The University of Akron in 1939 and a master’s degree in 1954. Throughout a long and distinguished career in education, she served students in the Akron community as teacher and principal and then became director of elementary education for the Akron Public Schools in September 1971. 

Mrs. Owen remains a dedicated, strong advocate for education. This scholarship commemorates her lifelong career and will encourage young people to pursue a teaching career in elementary education. 

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a junior or senior planning to teach in grades 1-8 with a major in early or middle childhood education. Preference will be given to a student with a GPA of 3.2 or above who wishes to teach in the northeast Ohio area. The recipient will be chosen by the College of Education’s Office of Student Affairs in conjunction 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.

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