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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Phelps, E. Jay and Eleanor Memorial Scholarship

The E. Jay and Eleanor Phelps Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 by Nancy and Raymond Labuda in memory of Nancy’s parents, Jay and Eleanor Phelps. Mr. and Mrs. Phelps were lifelong residents of the Akron area and were married for 61 years. Mr. Phelps graduated from The University of Akron with a degree in business administration in 1949. He attended the University soon after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after serving in WWII. After graduation, Mr. Phelps started a career in banking and eventually retired from FirstMerit.

During Mr. Phelps’ later years, he was a resident of Chambrel at Montrose, where he experienced residency, both in independent and assisted living. During those years, it became apparent that the staff and nurses at facilities such as Chambrel provided a high level of care and nursing to residents. It is in recognition of the unselfish efforts of those professionals that this scholarship is being established.

The E. Jay and Eleanor Phelps Memorial Scholarship is being established to assist students seeking to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing, with preferences given to students interested in palliative care. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic merit and financial need by the director of the School of Nursing. Preferences also should be given to staff members of Chambrel at Montrose who are seeking such assistance. Notifications of recipients should be made to Nancy and Raymond Labuda.

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