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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Popplestone, John A. and Marion White McPherson Honorary Fund

Drs. John A. Popplestone and Marion White McPherson are individuals who are extremely important to the field of psychology and the preservation of the history of psychology. The John A. Popplestone and Marion White McPherson Honorary Fund will pay tribute to two accomplished professionals and their commitment to their profession and to its history, while providing support for the Archives of the History of American Psychology.

The Archives of the History of American Psychology was established in 1965 at The University of Akron to promote research in the history of psychology by collecting, cataloguing, and preserving the historical record of psychology. It is a subject-matter archive. The driving force behind this world-renowned collection has been Dr. John A. Popplestone and his wife, Dr. Marion White McPherson.

For 34 years Drs. Popplestone and McPherson served as the professional staff and administrators of the Archives of the History of American Psychology while teaching psychology at The University of Akron. Both were Fellows of the American Psychology Association’s Division of the History of Psychology and served terms as president of the division. They also were co-authors of Dictionary Concepts in General Psychology, published by Greenwood Press, and An Illustrated History of American Psychology, Second Edition, published by The University of Akron Press.

Funds generated by the endowment are to be used to support the ongoing activities of the Archives of the History of American Psychology as determined by the director.

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