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 ccurry@uakron.edu

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 finaid@uakron.edu. The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships.


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Purnell, Janet B. Self-Sufficiency Scholarship

The Janet B. Purnell Self-Sufficiency Scholarship was established in 1988 by Zeta Theta Omega Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in honor of its distinguished member. Janet B. Purnell served as president of the University Board of Trustees in 1986-87, which concluded a nine-year term on the Board. The earnings of this endowed fund are utilized to provide scholarship assistance to a minority female, single parent, head of household, receiving public assistance, and residing in Summit County for one year. This assistance may include tuition, fees, books, and/or child care expenses at The University of Akron Nursery Center. The selection will be based upon the completion of at least 12 credits in a degree-granting program, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and enrollment with a minimum of six credits. The chapter's Scholarship Committee interviews candidates recommended by The University of Akron and determines the recipient.

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 finaid@uakron.edu.

 


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