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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Taber, Dr. Margaret R. Scholarship for Women in Engineering

Dr. Margaret R. Taber is a respected teacher and author, having taught from 1964 to 2000. She is professor emeritus of electrical engineering technology at Purdue University. In 1967, she received a master of science in engineering from The University of Akron. In 1976, she received a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Her list of honors includes the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from the Society of Women Engineers in 1987 and the naming of The Margaret R. Taber Microcomputer Laboratory in her honor at Purdue University. 

Established in 1993 by Dr. Margaret R. Taber, The Dr. Margaret R. Taber Scholarship for Women in Engineering provides for outstanding women students in any of the areas of engineering, with special preference given to students in electrical engineering. Through the establishment of this scholarship, Dr. Margaret R. Taber hopes to provide assistance and support for women as they strive to reach their educational objectives of becoming professional engineers.

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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