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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Pappas-Raptis, Penelope R. Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry

The Penelope R. Pappas-Raptis Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry was established in 2012 through gifts by her husband, Dr. Apostolos C. Raptis, and sons, Dr. Constantine Raptis and Dr. Demetrios Raptis.

A chemist, Mrs. Raptis received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1970 and her master’s degree (summa cum laude) in chemistry in 1972, both from The University of Akron. She received numerous awards, including the Chrysler Award. After college, she worked for two years for Goodyear Research before moving to Chicago to work for Armak Chemical. She left Armak Chemical for Argonne National Laboratory, where she worked the remainder of her career. Mrs. Raptis passed away on May 31, 2003.

The intent of The Penelope R. Pappas-Raptis Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry is to assist undergraduate students who have declared a major in the field of chemistry and who have demonstrated both highly satisfactory scholastic achievement and an established need for financial assistance. The scholarship may be applied for tuition, fees, books, or room and board. The Scholarship Committee of The University of Akron will choose the appropriate recipients for this award.

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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