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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Lauer, Martin P. Scholarship in Engineering

The Martin P. Lauer Scholarship in Engineering was established in 1999 in memory of Martin P. Lauer, an architect and building leader in Akron, by his widow, Miriam Lauer, and her sister, Geraldine Spiggle. It was their hope that the Lauer Scholarship would encourage young people to achieve the degree of professionalism and community service that guided Mr. Lauer’s career.

Mr. Lauer came to Akron from Cleveland in 1913. His early reputation was established by his work on the Summit County Home, a number of schools, and other public buildings. When Congress passed the Wagner-Steagall Housing Act providing matching funds for communities to build low-income family housing, Mr. Lauer spearheaded the creation of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority. Mr. Lauer became the Authority’s first director and oversaw its operations until his retirement in 1961. His service was recognized with the naming of the Akron Metropolitan Senior Housing Martin P. Lauer Apartment Building. An Akron Beacon Journal editorial noted Mr. Lauer as a “man of vision” stating “his years as director [of the AMHA] encompassed the building of Elizabeth Park and other public housing projects, valiant efforts to cope with the housing shortage during World War II, the unusual experience of managing day-care centers for the children of war workers, and finally the initiation of an imaginative program of housing especially designed for elderly retired persons. In the years since 1937, poor families without number have had decent housing because Mr. Lauer was alert to the benefits of the Wagner-Steagall Act.”

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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