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

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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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Curtis, Carol and Ted “Choose the Roo” Endowed Scholarship

Ohioans by birth and by choice, Theodore and Carol M. Curtis are proud to call Akron their home. After meeting at Jennings Junior High School, the couple began dating while attending North High School. They have been married for more than 58 years and are the proud parents of two children and the grandparents of four.

In addition to managing their family and architectural consulting business, Carol has served the Akron community as a board member of Hower House, leading the effort to preserve the facility, and as a past chair of Summit Metro Parks.

Ted, a renowned architect in Akron and around the world, has applied the lessons of hard work taught by his Greek immigrant parents to his profession, serving six years as vice president of planning, architecture and technical services for Hilton Hotels Corporation and Conrad International. Among his notable achievements is downtown Akron’s conversion of the Quaker Square grain silos into a premiere hotel, shopping, office, and restaurant complex, a project for which Ted was the founder, developer, and architect. In 1998, he was named vice president for capital planning and facilities management at The University of Akron, overseeing the University’s innovative and transformative Landscape for Learning building campaign. For his work, Ted has received numerous architectural and civic design awards. He retired from the University in 2015.

As part of their 50th wedding anniversary celebration, Ted and Carol visited the Jennings Learning Center where they met. Impressed with the teachers and students, the couple “adopted” a sixth-grade class and, among other things, gave the students t-shirts featuring UA’s “Fear the Roo” slogan. When thanking the couple for their generosity, a young student coined the phrase “Choose the Roo” as a marketing idea for UA’s admission efforts.

In honor of their history with the Jennings school, The University of Akron, and the community, and in recognition of students’ creativity and drive to succeed (philosophies shared by the Curtis family and their adopted class at Jennings), Ted and Carol Curtis established The Carol and Ted Curtis “Choose the Roo” Endowed Scholarship in 2008 (and revised it in 2016). The couple created the scholarship so that students who shared their Akron, Ohio, heritage may have an opportunity to achieve their dreams in higher education.

Students eligible for The Carol and Ted Curtis “Choose the Roo” Endowed Scholarship may be full- or part-time students at The University of Akron, in any field of study. Preference will be given (but is not limited) to students who:

  • Attended Jennings Learning Center, North High School, or another Summit County public school
  • Have a demonstrated need for financial aid
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0

Recipients will be selected by Ted and Carol, in collaboration with UA’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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