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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Fry, Byron Hospitality Management Award by the Sheraton Suites-Akron Cuyahoga Falls

The Byron Fry Hospitality Management Award was established in 2002 by the Board of Directors of the Riverside Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded yearly to a student in Hospitality Management.

Byron Fry was an Akron native and a Naval Aviator and Flight Instructor who served in World War II and subsequently in the U.S. Naval Reserve, retiring as a Navy Captain. His first business venture was the G.I. Cab Company, which employed veterans returning from the war. He then broadened his business interests to include the Nob Hill Company and Car Lease Inc., the first car leasing company in Ohio. His later business years were devoted to the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ohio and the partnership of the Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls. Described by his colleagues and friends as an honorable, fair workaholic who loved to tinker mechanically, Mr. Fry was always lending a helping hand to those in need or assisting in the launch of the next adventurous idea.

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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