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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Posey, April Memorial Scholarship in Art

The April Posey Memorial Scholarship in Art honors the memory of a promising young artist who died on May 24, 1999, following a brief illness. April excelled academically, receiving many of the top scholarships, and graduated magna cum laude on May 15, 1999. In addition to being an outstanding student, April taught metalsmithing at the Massillon Museum of Art and was a teacher's assistant in Akron's undergraduate metals classes for three years. The scholarship will be awarded to a student with a strong academic background in the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art. Students seeking funds from the scholarship will be required to submit a statement about their artistic work as it relates to the following guidelines. Preference will be given to women majoring in metals who share April's interest in women's issues or political issues. If a qualified candidate cannot be identified, the scholarship shall roll over to the next year. Recipients will be selected by the School of Art Scholarship Committee. Mr. Bleuenstein wishes to be involved in the selection process.

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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