Named scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.

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. Across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2016 was $37,172; for Ohio students, that figure was $30,239.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider a gift to the MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND MOVING FORWARD scholarship campaign, which is the University's most important initiative. You may also establish a named scholarship at The University of Akron, which 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

How do I apply for a scholarship?

This is not the page to apply for scholarships.

Students who want to apply for scholarships should visit the scholarship page on the Financial Aid site.

The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships. Scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Auburn, Dr. Sandy Korman and Dr. Elizabeth J. Hittle Student Travel/Access Fund for Speech-Language Pathology Students

The Dr. Sandy Korman Auburn and Dr. Elizabeth J. Hittle Student Travel/Access Fund for Speech-Language Pathology Students was created in April 2011 through funds redirected from The Dr. Sandy Korman Scholarship in Speech-Language Pathology and by supplemental gifts from Sandy and Mark Auburn. The Dr. Sandy Korman Auburn Scholarship was created in 1998 through proceeds from the University Theatre production of "Love Letters," directed by Professor Paul A. Daum and featuring Sandy and Mark Auburn and supplemented by gifts from the Auburn family.

Dr. Sandy Korman Auburn is the daughter of the late George and Pearl Korman of Akron. She graduated from The University of Akron with a BS in speech pathology (1967) and an MA in speech pathology (1968) and completed a PhD in speech pathology at The Ohio State University (1978). Her desire to earn a PhD was especially nurtured and supported by her professor, Dr. Elizabeth J. Hittle. Sandy practiced and taught speech pathology until launching new careers in the aging network, as CEO of the then third-largest YWCA in the United States, as president of an educational foundation in Summit County, as vice president for Workforce Development of the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, and as vice president of development for Akron Community Foundation, from where she retired in 2006. With her husband, Dr. Mark Auburn (BA English and BS mathematics, 1967), the last permanent dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at UA, she is the mother of playwright and filmmaker David Auburn and the late Benjamin M.J. Auburn, in whose name she established an endowment at UA, as well as the Ben Auburn Award in Cultural Criticism.

The Dr. Sandy Korman Auburn and Dr. Elizabeth J. Hittle Student Travel/Access Fund for Speech-Language Pathology Students supports travel/access for study or professional development for junior or senior undergraduates or for graduate students in speech-language pathology. Travel can include, but is not limited to, such activities as conferences, expenses to participate in a unique internship opportunity, or opportunities requiring technology access. Applicants should submit a one-page written proposal, including budget, about what will enhance their career preparedness or academic aspirations through a travel/access experience, agree to create a summary of their funded travel experience, and agree to make a presentation about that travel/access experience to fellow students, faculty and guests. Awards are made from available earnings at the discretion of the director of the Speech-Language Pathology Program or its successor organization.

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