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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Boyes, James D. and Mary Jo Scholarship in Education

The James D. and Mary Jo Boyes Scholarship in Education was established in 2009 by James D. Boyes, who fully endowed the scholarship in 2012.

Mr. Boyes began his professional career as a teacher in the Chippewa Local School District. From there, he moved to Buckeye Local Schools in 1973, first serving as a teacher, then in administration as an elementary school principal. He became assistant superintendent (1984), then superintendent (1986) of the Buckeye Local School District. Mr. Boyes became assistant superintendent of Medina County Schools’ Education Service Center in 1989 and was named superintendent three years later.

Jim Boyes joined The University of Akron as a Workforce Development Consultant for the Medina County University Center in July 2008. He was named director of the Medina County University Center in August 2009.

Mr. Boyes received his B.A. in history (1970) and his M.A. in school administration (1977) from The University of Akron. He is married to Mary Jo Boyes and has three sons.

Mrs. Boyes began her professional career in the Buckeye Local School District as a teacher in 1972. She left Buckeye in 1981 to raise three sons. In 1996, she resumed her professional career with the Medina City School District. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Medina City Schools’ Foundation in 2002. Mrs. Boyes retired in 2010.

Mrs. Boyes received her B.S. in Education in (1972) from Bowling Green State University.

The purpose of The James D. and Mary Jo Boyes Scholarship in Education is to provide an annual $500 award to a student in the College of Education preparing for his/her student-teaching experience. Recipients of this scholarship shall be students with a minimum of 3.0 or higher G.P.A. while attending The University of Akron.  The recipients of this scholarship will be selected by the College of Education in cooperation with the Office of Student 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.

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