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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Wootton, Debora Lee Memorial Scholarship in Surveying and Mapping

The endowed Debora Lee Wootton Memorial Scholarship in Surveying and Mapping was established in 2013 by Mr. Jack Gaydar in loving memory of his wife, Debora Lee Wootton, who was of Cherokee Indian descent. Jack, a 1999 University of Akron graduate, is a business owner in the engineering, surveying, and construction industry and has been a part-time instructor in the Surveying Engineering Department at The University of Akron. Jack’s wife was his partner in the firm of Iron Pin Surveying & Engineering Inc., located in Medina, Ohio.

The Debora Lee Wootton Memorial Scholarship in Surveying and Mapping was established to support full-time students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who are U.S. citizens and enrolled in the surveying and mapping program in Summit College. A preference will be given to female and/or minority students who were born in The United States of America. Recipients of the The Debora Lee Wootton Memorial Scholarship in Surveying and Mapping shall be selected by the Department Chair for Engineering and Science Technologies in cooperation with the Office of Student Financial Aid at 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.

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