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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Peckham, Jack W. Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Jack W. Peckham Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 by Marie J. Peckham for an undergraduate student in the College of Nursing in honor of her husband, Jack, who died in 1992. Jack was born and grew up in Akron and lived in Cuyahoga Falls after he married wife Marie. They were married for 44 years. He retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, where he was an electrical design engineer. During World War II, Jack served in the United States Marine Corps and fought in five major campaigns in the South Pacific, including Saipan, Tinian, and Tarawa. His wife, Marie, was also a Marine during World War II. Jack was active in the VFW, the Masonic Lodge, the Marine Corps League, Summit County Historical Society, and Pilgrim United Church of Christ.

This scholarship was also created in honor of the nursing profession. When Jack was ill, he was cared for by many fine and compassionate nurses who provided support and guidance for Jack and for the family.

Original funding will be made through a bequest provided by Marie J. Peckham for the benefit of nursing students. Preference will be given to students with grade point averages of 3 0 and above. The scholarship was established as an endowment, awards will be made through the interest only.

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