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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Little, Robert W. Endowed Scholarship Fund for Summit College

The Robert W. Little Endowed Scholarship Fund for Summit College was established to meet the needs of students who are enrolled in The University of Akron’s Summit College, which serves students who are interested in specific career opportunities and desire to enter the workforce as quickly as possible. Many of these non-traditional students have financial needs that may impede their future success in the College. With The Robert W. Little Endowed Scholarship Fund for Summit College and the matching gift from the GAR Foundation, non-traditional students with academic merit and financial need can be assisted.

Individuals eligible for The Robert W. Little Endowed Scholarship Fund for Summit College must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours and have a 3.0 GPA within Summit College. Scholarship awards will be based on academic merit and financial need and will be determined by individuals appointed within Summit College. A student may apply in writing once a semester and up to three times a year.

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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