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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Keene, Barbara Horner Endowed Scholarship in Engineering

The Barbara Horner Keene Endowed Scholarship in Engineering was established in December 2004. Mrs. Keene holds a B.S. from Purdue University and an M.S. from The University of Akron. Her work at Purdue was in chemical engineering and comprehensive science. While at The University of Akron, she earned teaching certificates for K-12, special reading, English, chemistry, math, and physics, as well as certificates for curriculum supervision, principal, and superintendent of schools. 

Mrs. Keene, then Barbara Lyddon, began her freshman year in Purdue University’s Chemical Engineering Program in 1943 as a shy 17-year-old high school graduate. She was surprised and frightened when she found she was the only girl among 200 boys taking Engineering Chemistry 101 that semester. However, even in those early years of women in engineering, Mrs. Keene was always proud of her academic background. She enjoyed the engineering curriculum with its scientific approach to detailed planning, problem solving, creative thinking, and management skills. This training created a strong foundation for her varied and successful career. 

The Barbara Horner Keene Endowed Scholarship in Engineering will be awarded annually to a female undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Engineering with high academic ranking who plans a career in any field of engineering. The recipient will be chosen by the dean’s office.

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