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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Dowey, James L. and Carol S. Scholarship in Engineering

The James L. and Carol S. Dowey Scholarship in Engineering was established in 2000, and revised in 2018, to provide incentive and support for a talented engineering student(s) in The University of Akron’s College of Engineering.  Jim Dowey graduated from the college in 1972 with a degree in electrical engineering, while Carol Stalker Dowey holds a degree from the University in Political Science/Criminal Justice.

Following graduation, Jim completed various assignments in engineering and management for Akron Standard Division of Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc., ultimately earning the title of President and leading the firm’s transition to ITW Quality Measurement Systems Group.  Retaining the title of President, Jim capped his 28-year career at the firm overseeing a group of global manufacturing companies of capital equipment for the tire and automotive industries.  Jim joined Air Enterprises, Inc. as President and COO in 2000 and went on to Akron Special Machinery in 2005, serving as Vice President of Operations.  He joined Smithers Group in 2007 as Vice President and Managing Director for Rapra Technology, and in 2008 became President of Smithers Rapra, retiring in 2016.  In addition to his membership on The University of Akron College of Engineering’s Advancement Council, Jim is a past member of the College of Business Administration’s Advancement Council.

The James L. and Carol S. Dowey Scholarship in Engineering shall be awarded to a talented and eligible engineering student, or students, at The University of Akron.

Scholarships are awarded annually and applied directly to student accounts.  Award amounts and number of recipients may vary depending on available funds.  Candidates will be identified by the College of Engineering and final selection will be made by Jim and Carol Dowey.

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