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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Stephens, Barbara J. Dissertation Award

The Barbara J. Stephens Dissertation Award was established in 2003 to provide opportunities to graduate students enrolled in the Institute for Health and Social Policy at The University of Akron. Friends and family of Barbara J. Stephens created this award to honor and remember the impact she had on the lives of others.

Barbara J. (Kurfis) Stephens was born in Millbury, Ohio, on March 3, 1948. She lived in that community until she graduated from high school. She received a BSN in Nursing from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and an MAN in Nursing from New York University. During her career, she served in a number of nursing positions, including Clinical Nurse Specialist at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and Health Hill Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to her death of breast cancer on November 1, 2002, she served as director of Pediatric Services at Mercy Hospital in Canton, Ohio.

Barbara was nationally known through her many lectures and publications in developing and teaching others a technique to calm children during medically invasive procedures. Barbara was married for more than 32 years to Dr. Richard C. Stephens, director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy, and she is the mother of a daughter, Keturah, and a son, Benjamin.

The Barbara J. Stephens Dissertation Award will provide financial assistance to graduate students at The University of Akron engaged in health and social policy research. Each year, a committee of faculty members in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Institute for Health and Social Policy will select one student recipient. The award will be used for dissertation research expenses and will be based on the academic merit of the proposed project.

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