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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Dowey, James L. and Carol S. Scholarship an Engineering

The James L. and Carol S. Dowey Scholarship in Engineering was established in 2000 to provide incentive and support for a talented engineering student in The University of Akron’s College of Engineering. Jim Dowey graduated from the College in 1972 with a degree in electrical engineering while Carol Stalker Dowey holds a degree from the University in political science/criminal justice. Following graduation, Jim completed various assignments in engineering and management for Akron Standard Division of Eagle-Picher Industries Inc., ultimately earning the title of president and overseeing the firm’s transition to ITW Quality Measurement Systems Group. Retaining the title of president, Jim capped his 28-year career at the firm by overseeing a group of global manufacturing companies of capital equipment for the tire and automotive industries. Jim joined Air Enterprises Inc. as president and COO in 2000. In addition to his membership on The University of Akron College of Engineering’s Advancement Council, Jim is a past member of the College of Business Administration’s Advancement Council. The James L. and Carol S. Dowey Scholarship an Engineering will be awarded by The University Scholarship Committee.

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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