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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Gelin, Margaret T. and Bruce R. Scholarship

Margaret Tucker Gelin grew up in Akron, Ohio, and is a graduate of Buchtel High School. Her parents also grew up in Akron and both attended The University of Akron during the Great Depression. Her father, Charles S. Tucker Jr., graduated in 1935, but her mother, Julia Christine Harrington, was unable to complete college due to lack of funds. Their daughter, Margaret, and her husband, Bruce R. Gelin, have established this scholarship in the interest of providing deserving students with financial assistance in completing their college educations.

The Margaret T. and Bruce R. Gelin Scholarship will be offered to full-time undergraduate University of Akron students who are Ohio residents. Students must have a 3.0 or better GPA at the University and must maintain this standard to remain eligible for the Gelin Award. The recipient(s) must also demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Preference will be given to students in the arts and sciences, education, engineering, and health professions. Scholarship award recipients will be determined by the Scholarship Committee of the University of Akron. 


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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