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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Bozeman, Owen C. Endowed Scholarship Fund in Psychology

The Owen C. Bozeman Endowed Scholarship Fund in Psychology was established in 2007 by Owen and Lydia Bozeman as part of their estate plan. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist deserving students who are receiving a degree in psychology from the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences.

Owen Curtis Bozeman was born March 13, 1923, in Carbondale, Ohio. He was the son of Frank and Marguerite Todd Bozeman and had an older brother named Leland. When he was two years old, the family moved to Lakemore, Ohio, and later to the Ellet area. Owen graduated from Ellet High School in 1941 and worked for the General Tire Company, helping to make barrage balloons in the war effort until he was drafted into the Army. He served in the Philippines during World War II, and after the war, was able to attend The University of Akron under the G.I. Bill. He received his B.A. in 1950, majoring in psychology, and was an intern psychologist at Massillon State Hospital while working toward his master’s degree in 1951. Then he worked for the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services as a job counselor. Later he was a social worker at the Summit County Welfare Department, where he met his wife, Lydia, who was also a social worker. Owen was the county welfare director of Perry County, Ohio, from 1972 until he retired in 1981. Then he and Lydia moved back to Akron in 1984. Owen highly valued his college education. He hopes that the recipient of his scholarship will benefit by having a good life and career.

The scholarship will be awarded by The University of Akron’s Department of Psychology, working in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid. Candidates for this scholarship must be in their senior year of studies and have selected psychology as their major. The student(s) shall be in need of financial assistance and maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 during the course of their studies.

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