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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Slayman-Gallagher, Everett and Rebecca Endowed Scholarship

The Everett and Rebecca Slayman-Gallagher Scholarship, established in June 2005, was created to financially support students in the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy in the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron.

A native of Akron and a Buchtel High School graduate, Rebecca A. Slayman-Gallagher received an accounting degree from The University of Akron in 1979. While a student at UA, she was inducted into several honorary societies, including Alpha Lambda Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Rho Lambda. Upon graduation, she relocated to the Washington, D.C., area and worked for such organizations as Price Waterhouse and Deloitte Haskins & Sells. She also served as a tax planner with Mobil Oil in Fairfax, Va., before returning to Ohio. Currently, Slayman-Gallagher is corporate taxes director for Big Lots Stores Inc. of Columbus. Slayman-Gallagher supports her alma mater as a member of the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy Advisory Board. She is also a member of HELP-OHIO, a grassroots movement to positively influence state legislators on funding issues for higher education. She is a member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

The scholarship will be awarded by the Accounting Department in the College of Business Administration, in collaboration with the Office of Student Financial Aid. All recipients must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) within the College of Business Administration and meet the minimum coursework requirements of The University of Akron. The scholarship recipient will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and exhibit financial need.

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