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 the Department of Development at 330-972-7238. 

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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Rowley, John G. and Helen M. Endowed Scholarship

The Rowley family has a proud and charitable history with the city of Akron and The University of Akron. The University is proud to recognize the Rowley family name with an endowed scholarship honoring in perpetuity the late John G. and Helen M. Rowley.

John G. Rowley was born in 1902 and was a 1924 graduate of The University of Akron’s College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Rowley played on the men’s varsity basketball team and was a valued member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He also earned an LLB degree from Western Reserve University. Mr. Rowley was an honorable and successful Akron attorney for more than 65 years, primarily as a partner in his law firm, Rowley and Taylor.

Mr. Rowley was married to the former Helen Miller, a 1926 alumna of the College of Education at The University of Akron. She was a full-time elementary teacher in the Akron Public Schools.

The John G. and Helen M. Rowley Endowed Scholarship will be housed in the Honors College of The University of Akron. Worthy students must firmly demonstrate financial need to qualify for support. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the dean of the Honors College or his/her designee in coordination with the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

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.

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