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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Mayes, William Glenn and Grace S. Endowment Fund

The William Glenn and Grace S. Mayes Endowment Fund was established with a life income gift in 1992 by Dr. and Mrs. William Glenn Mayes for the benefit of the School of Art at The University of Akron College of Fine & Applied Arts. Dr. Mayes enjoyed a successful career with Bridgestone/Firestone. Mrs. Mayes was a dedicated professor at The University of Akron until her retirement. Dr. and Mrs. Mayes are exceptional examples of lifelong learning. As active participants in the University's 60+ Program, they have indulged their love of music and art through audited classes. Dr. Mayes served on the citizen's advisory board for the 60+ Program. Dr. and Mrs. Mayes served as co-presidents of an Akron-area organization that serves as a cultural network for international visitors. As part of the "American experience" they often bring foreign diplomats and business people to The University of Akron campus. It is their appreciation for music and art that led them to establish this endowed fund.

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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