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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Baker, Lieutenant Colonel Addison E. Memorial Scholarship

The endowed Lieutenant Colonel Addison E. Baker Memorial Scholarship was created by a gift to The University of Akron from Frances R. Merryweather in loving memory of her first husband, Addison Baker. Born in Chicago, Addison Baker was a decorated World War II Air Force officer. He commanded the 93rd Heavy Bombardment Group and was killed in the service of his country during a low-level attack against enemy oil refineries at Polesti, Romania, on August 1, 1943. Lieutenant Colonel Baker was accorded the Medal of Honor, this nation's highest military honor, on March 11, 1944. Mrs. Merryweather received her bachelor's degree from the College of Education at The University of Akron. This endowment is to benefit cadets who best display the Air Force's core values of integrity, courage, competence, and patriotism in their tenacious service to the cadet corps. Selection of award recipients is to be made by the Office of Student Financial Aid in consultation with the director of Aerospace Studies.

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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