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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Hanks, Judy Memorial Scholarship in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

The Judy Hanks Memorial Scholarship in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering was created in 2012 and was established by Village Plastics Co.

Judy Hanks devoted more than 20 years of her life to the plastics industry. She started her career in plastic welding rod sales under the direction of Robert L. Miller in 1988. In 2005, Judy joined Village Plastics Co. in the position of sales manager and was instrumental in the growth and success of Village Plastics until her retirement in June 2010. She was a lifelong resident of the Norton and Barberton, Ohio, areas.

The Judy Hanks Memorial Scholarship in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering shall be awarded to a deserving student who has been a resident of the Greater Akron area for at least five years, demonstrates financial need, and is studying in the Department of Polymer Science or Polymer Engineering. The final selection is to be made by the chair of the department in conjunction with the University’s 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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