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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Boggs, Paul T. and Judith E. Endowment Fund

The Paul T. and Judith E. Boggs Endowment Fund was established in 2006 by Paul T. and Judith E. Boggs (nee Watts), members of The University of Akron’s Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences class of 1966. Mr. Boggs graduated with a B.S. in mathematics, and Mrs. Boggs graduated with a B.A. in modern languages.

Akron natives Paul and Judy Boggs have a high regard for higher education, as well as the quality of education they received at The University of Akron. It provided them with the foundation for future success in obtaining advanced degrees from other institutions, as well as in their respective careers. Mr. Boggs earned his doctorate at Cornell University in computer science, served as the chief of the Applied and Computational Mathematics Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and currently holds the position of mathematician at Sandia National Laboratories. Mrs. Boggs earned her master's at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught Spanish and French at the elementary, junior high, high school, and college levels. Currently Mrs. Boggs teaches languages to adult learners at the local community center.

The purpose of the Paul T. and Judith E. Boggs Endowment Fund is to support students studying mathematics and/or modern languages in The University of Akron’s Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. The means of support can include merit-based scholarships for students in financial need, lectureships, and other student-focused needs in the departments of Mathematics and Modern Languages. The award for The Paul T. and Judith E. Boggs Endowment Fund shall rotate on an annual basis between the departments of Mathematics and Modern Languages.

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