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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Taliaferro, Orrin David Memorial Post Clock Fund

The Orrin Davis Taliaferro Memorial Post Clock Fund was established by Dr. Paul E Martin, class of 1935, in 2005 in memory of his good friend Orrin Davis “Dave” Taliaferro. Dr. Martin’s contribution in memory of Dave Taliaferro will fund the Orrin Davis Taliaferro Memorial Post Clock to be located at the eastern entry point to The University of Akron campus, along the pedestrian walkway that connects the new Student Recreation Center to the new Student Union.

The site of the Orrin Davis Taliaferro Memorial will feature a Howard Reproduction Four-Dial Post at its center, with a dedication plaque, landscaping, and seasonal flowers. The inscription on the plaque will read:
Orrin Davis “Dave” Taliaferro was born on March 16, 1918. He graduated from Auburn University on May 27, 1940, with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy. Agronomy is the study of the application of the various soil and plant sciences to soil management and crop production. Dave was passionate about nature and gardening.

Dave was known for his cordial and hospitable personality, which was a true asset to him in his career. Dave took a position with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company as director of college relations. He traveled the country recruiting the best and brightest professionals to work for Goodyear.

His love of gardening and nature prevailed throughout his life, and he found peace and happiness in tending to his vegetable garden. Dave married the former Cathryn Carroll, a 1938 graduate of The University of Akron and a member of Delta Gamma sorority.

Dave passed away in 1996 and is sadly missed by many family and friends. He was a generous and caring friend of The University of Akron family.

This memorial was made possible by Dave's longtime friend, Dr. Paul E. Martin ’35.

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