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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Cramblette, Thomas Evan Memorial Scholarship in Business Administration

The Thomas Evan Cramblette Memorial Scholarship in Business Administration was established in loving memory by the Cramblette Family. Tom attended Johnston and Wales University and pursued a career in restaurant management for 15 years.

Tom desired a new career path and chose law enforcement, graduating from The University of Akron Police Academy in 2008. He was sworn in as a Marlboro Township Police officer that summer. He joined the Suffolk, Va., Police Department and moved his family to Virginia Beach in 2009.

Tom was a kind-hearted man who adored his children, loved his identical twin, Scott, and enjoyed camping, riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, being a peace officer, and professional sports (particularly NASCAR).

The Thomas Evan Cramblette Memorial Scholarship in Business Administration is to be awarded annually to a student enrolled in the College of Business Administration with a desire to receive a business administration degree. Preference will be given to a student who is a hardworking father/mother and who desires to better himself/herself through higher education. The Cramblette Scholar(s) must maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher. The recipient will be selected by the College of Business Administration Scholarship Committee.

The Thomas Evan Cramblette Memorial Scholarship in Business Administration was established with an initial gift from Tom’s father, Donn Cramblette (a 1967 graduate of The University of Akron’s College of Engineering), and his identical twin brother, Scott. They selected The University of Akron for this special scholarship in memory of Tom because of the family’s long-standing association with the University.

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