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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Auburn, Benjamin M. J. Endowment

Established by initial gifts exceeding $20,000 by Mark, Sandy, and David Auburn in memory of their son and brother, The Benjamin M. J. Auburn Endowment shall be held by The University of Akron Foundation, which shall annually make available to the director of the Honors Program a distribution of at least $500 or 5 percent of the value of the endowment, whichever is higher and prudent for the preservation in perpetuity of the endowment, for the purpose of funding the Ben Auburn Award in Cultural Criticism (q.v.). Of the annual distribution, the director of the Honors Program shall grant a minimum of $500 or at least 75 percent in awards; the director may use up to 25 percent of the annual distribution to defray expenses for publicizing the award, conducting the competition, and arranging for the symposium.

During their lifetimes, the donors collectively and individually reserve the right to redirect earnings from The Benjamin M. J. Auburn Endowment to purposes at The University of Akron other than funding the Ben Auburn Award in Cultural Criticism through the Honors Program.

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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