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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McGovern, Frances Scholarship Fund

The Frances McGovern Scholarship Fund was created in 2004. Ms. McGovern was a 1948 graduate of The University of Akron’s College of Arts and Sciences. After receiving her law degree from Case Western Reserve University, she began a career as an attorney. She served as a state legislator in the 1950s and was honored in 1960 as the Ohio Democratic Woman of the Year. She was the first woman to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Ms. McGovern was active in her community and was the first woman elected president of the United Way of Summit County. She served as a trustee of The University of Akron, as well as the Akron group Progress through Preservation. She authored two books published by The University of Akron Press. She was a recipient of the St. Thomas Moore Award. The gift from Ms. McGovern provides a fund to be paid or credited to students at The University of Akron who are in need. The principal and interest are to be expended within five years of the date of the receipt of the gift. Awards will be made by the Office of Financial Aid.

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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