Named scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.

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

How do I apply for a scholarship?

This is not the page to apply for scholarships.

Students who want to apply for scholarships should visit the scholarship page on the Financial Aid site.

The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships. Scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Dowd Sr., David D. Memorial Award Fund

The purpose of The David D. Dowd Sr. Memorial Award Fund is to encourage law students to consider a legal career emphasizing public service. The University of Akron School of Law is well known for the many graduates who have entered and maintained a legal career in public service in a variety of fields, including working in municipal law departments, county prosecuting attorney’s offices, public defender’s offices, and state and federal judicial positions.

The ever-increasing cost of obtaining a legal education compels graduating law school students to seek high-paying entry-level jobs to help repay student loans and diminishes the likelihood that these students will opt for lower-paying jobs in the public sector.

Senior District Court Judge David D. Dowd Jr., on the occasion of the recognition of his 25 years of service in the federal judiciary, has chosen to make the initial donation to the award program to honor the memory of his father, the late David D. Dowd Sr. Judge Dowd practiced law with his father in Massillon. His father constantly encouraged Judge Dowd to engage in a career of public service, which included one year on the Massillon City Council and 14 years in the Stark County Prosecuting Attorney’s office before he began his judicial career in 1975.

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