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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Byers, Thomas G. Memorial Fund

The Thomas G. Byers Memorial Fund was established in 2005 by University of Akron School of Law alumnus Thomas R. Pitts, class of 1979, in memory of his brother-in-law, Thomas G. Byers. The Thomas G. Byers Memorial Fund is designated in support of the Faculty and Alumni Publication Award presented by The University of Akron Law Alumni Association on an annual basis. This award promotes scholarship and recognizes professional achievement of both faculty and alumni of the School of Law. The award is presented at the Law Alumni Dinner, and recipients are selected based on criteria set the by Law Alumni Association.

Thomas R. Pitts is a dedicated volunteer and served as President of the Law Alumni Association for the 2005-06 academic year. Tom is a respected member of the legal community and contributes generously of his time and resources for the good of the School of Law.

This fund is in memory of Tom’s brother-in-law and good friend, Thomas G. Byers. Mr. Byers was a 1964 graduate of The University of Akron College of Business and was married to Dr. Catherine (Pitts) Byers, a 1964 graduate of the University’s Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. While attending The University of Akron, Mr. Byers played varsity sports, including baseball and basketball. He remained an athlete and avid runner throughout his life. Mr. Byers was a successful businessman, last working for Delphi as a corporate planner on a worldwide level. He was known for his expertise and success investing in the stock markets, which he enjoyed as an avocation. He passed away on January 25, 2004, after a sudden illness, and is greatly missed by his family and friends.

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