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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Taber, Dr. Margaret R. Scholarship for Women in Electronic Engineering Technology

Dr. Margaret R. Taber is a respected teacher and author. She was a professor of electrical engineering technology at Purdue University until 2000. She received a master of science in engineering in 1967 from The University of Akron, and in 1976 she received a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Her list of honors includes the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from the Society of Women Engineers in 1987 and the naming of The Margaret R. Taber Microcomputer Laboratory in her honor at Purdue University. 

Dr. Margaret R. Taber first established a scholarship for women in engineering but her years as a faculty member in engineering technology gives her a keen appreciation for the importance of women pursuing a career in electronic engineering technology. For this reason in 2007, she has established a second scholarship fund, The Dr. Margaret R. Taber Scholarship for Women in Electronic Engineering Technology, to provide support for outstanding women students in any of the areas of engineering technology, with special preference given to students in electronic engineering technology. 

Through the establishment of this scholarship, Dr. Margaret R. Taber intends to endorse the importance of women using engineering technology to access the important and productive career opportunities available in this field.

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