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. Mark S./James Francis Dunlap Travel and Study Fund for Theatre Students

The Dr. Mark S. Auburn/James Francis Dunlap Travel and Study Fund for Theatre Students was created in April 2011 through funds redirected from the Dr. Mark S. Auburn Scholarship in Theatre Arts and by supplemental gifts from Drs. Mark S. and Sandy K. Auburn.

Dr. Mark S. Auburn is a 1967 honors graduate of both The University of Akron (B.S. mathematics and B.A. English) and the University of Chicago (A.M. 1968, Ph.D. 1971). He served The University of Akron as the fifth and final dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, as professor of theatre and professor of English, senior vice president and provost, executive vice president, interim director of the School of Theatre Arts, North Central Association self-study coordinator, and interim chief research officer. In 2006, he was granted professor emeritus status.

In addition to his tenure with the University, Dr. Auburn was a senior administrator at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, the University of Arkansas System, and The Ohio State University. He was active as a speaker, essayist, and community volunteer in Ohio, Arkansas, and Indiana. Dr. Auburn served as a director of humanities councils in each of these states, including a term as president of the Arkansas Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Auburn is married to Dr. Sandy K. Auburn, a graduate of The University of Akron (B.S. speech pathology 1967, M.A. speech pathology 1968) and of The Ohio State University (Ph.D. 1978). Their son, David, is a playwright and filmmaker. The Benjamin M.J. Auburn Endowment and the Ben Auburn Award in Cultural Criticism were established in memory of their late son, Benjamin Max Joseph Auburn. Mark Auburn is the son of the late Norman P. Auburn, president of The University of Akron, 1951-1971, one of three founders of the University, and the “Father of State Status.”

The Dr. Mark S. Auburn/James Francis Dunlap Travel and Study Fund for Theatre Students was established to provide financial assistance to a theatre student to travel for study or professional development. For proper consideration, applicants should be entering either their junior or senior year or be accepted as a graduate student in theatre or arts administration. Each applicant should submit a one-page written proposal about what will best enhance his/her career preparedness of academic aspirations through a travel experience, agree to create a summary of their funded experience, and agree to make a public presentation about that travel experience to fellow students, faculty, and guests. Awards are made from available earnings at the discretion of the director of the Theatre Program or its successor organization. Students studying an allied performing art may apply.

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