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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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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Graves, Patricia L. and J. Harvey Palliative Care Training Fund

The Patricia L. and J. Harvey Graves Palliative Care Training Fund was established as a non-endowed fund in January 2018 by Mrs. Patricia L. Graves in memory of her beloved husband, J. Harvey Graves.  Mr. Graves, former CEO of Empire Wholesale Lumber Company, passed away November 10, 2006 at Summa Health System’s Akron Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit. Mrs. Graves’ heart was touched by the kindness of and excellent care provided by the palliative care nurses. 

It is Mrs. Graves’s desire to support The University of Akron’s College of Health Professions’ faculty by providing funding for palliative care training.  Through training the faculty on current standards in palliative care, faculty will be able to share their knowledge with many nursing students.

A former University of Akron student, Mrs. Graves, a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from UA. In April 1997, she was appointed to The University of Akron Board of Trustees by Ohio Governor George Voinovich and served as Chairman of the Board for 2003-2004.  In appreciation and honor of her distinguished service, Mrs. Graves was named Chairwoman Emeritus of The University of Akron Board of Trustees in 2004.   

Active in many community organizations, including Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron’s Women’s Board, Akron Golf Charities Foundation, the Akron Community Foundation and the Akron Art Museum, Mrs. Graves demonstrates that a community is only as good as its members help it become.  Indeed, Mrs. Graves has made a lifetime commitment of service to her community and her University.    

Administration of this fund will be by and at the discretion of the director of the School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions for palliative care training expenses and education of RN-BSN faculty and students of the School of Nursing’s RN-BSN program.  No disbursement shall take place without the approval of Mrs. Graves or her representative.

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