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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Keck, Dr. Gregory C. Endowed Scholarship in Social Work

The Dr. Gregory C. Keck Endowed Scholarship in Social Work was established in 2005 by Dr. Gregory C. Keck. Dr. Keck is the founder and director of the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio, specializing in working with adoptive families whose children experienced early trauma. He has been an advocate for children, family, and professionals in the foster care and adoption system, providing valuable educational tools, training, and support services both nationally and internationally since 1990. Dr. Keck also has published numerous articles and co-authored two books on the topics: adopting the hurt child and parenting the hurt child.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to either a graduate or undergraduate student(s) majoring in social work, with preference given to students who have previously been in foster care or who have been adopted. If no student meets the above listed criteria, it is preferred that the student be majoring in social work with an emphasis in adoption and foster care. Students currently working in the foster care or adoption field may also qualify. The recipient(s) shall be selected annually by the director of the School of Social Work with input from Dr. Gregory Keck, in coordination with the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

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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