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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Shuman, Agnes 'Aggie' Athletic Scholarship

The Agnes “Aggie” Shuman Athletic Scholarship was established in 1998 by her children. Aggie lovingly touched the lives of many students in the Akron Public Schools through her service as an adult school-crossing guard. Her 50-year tenure is the longest in Akron Public School history at that position. She was a lover and a longtime supporter of all sports played in the Akron City Series League, and some of her most passionate memories were born in the grandstands as she supported her children and grandchildren on their various athletic fields. Later, her enthusiasm shifted to the teams coached by her sons, and in her final years, Aggie’s orange hat was a prominent fixture in the crowd at Ellet High’s softball games, watching her “adopted” athletes on her son’s teams. This scholarship provides tuition aid for a University of Akron student-athlete with preference given to graduates of Ellet High School, where Aggie loyally followed the teams coached by her sons. The selection of the scholarship recipient will be made by the Department of Athletics with recommendations from Ellet High School coaches and with final review by members of the Shuman family.

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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