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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Leafgren, Laura Murie Nursing Scholarship

The Laura Murie Leafgren Nursing Scholarship was established in 2006 by a gift from Judge Harold F. and Jeannette White in honor of Jeannette’s sister, Laura. Laura was a lifelong nurse who was loyal to her calling to serve others. The Laura Murie Leafgren Nursing Scholarship award is given to a student in their junior or senior year of undergraduate study in the College of Nursing. This scholarship is to be used in support of students attending The University of Akron who are dedicated to pursuing a career in the health-care profession. Recipients will be selected by the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Nursing.

Mrs. Leafgren was a health-care professional for more than 40 years. She began her career during her teens as a nurse's aide and received her RN from Akron City Hospital School of Nursing at Fallsview and Akron General Hospital. She received her BSN from The University of Akron in 1963 and in 1968. After the six-day war, Mrs. Leafgren went to Israel and worked one year for Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Upon her return, she and her husband moved to California, where she earned her MSN from UCLA in 1976. From 1980 to 1997 she worked for the VA Hospital and was known as a strong advocate for her patients. Mrs. Leafgren taught at Cal State in Los Angeles and worked per diem for many hospitals in Los Angeles, so she would be free to travel with her husband, who taught school and had summers off.

Judge and Mrs. White established this scholarship to honor Laura’s dedication to the health-care profession by benefiting students who are enrolled in the College of Nursing. Laura is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ronald Leafgren.

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