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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Juan, Dr. James K.C. Annual Scholarship

Dr. James K.C. Juan had a great love for education. He dedicated more than 65 years of his life to teaching. Even in his senior years, at age 97, he continued to write to his students, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as his own, inspiring them to be lifelong learners, to exercise spiritual and moral discipline, and to commit to serving their communities through participation and philanthropic giving. In his honor and memory, Dr. Juan’s daughter, Mrs. May Juan Chen, established The Dr. James K.C. Juan Annual Scholarship at The University of Akron, as well as other universities in the United States of America and China. Like her father, Mrs. Chen is a strong proponent of learning and higher education.

Dr. Juan grew up in Guangdong, China. At age 6, he moved to Hong Kong to live and study. Because of his experiences, he learned to be a highly disciplined, spiritual, and responsible person at an early age. His love of learning and writing contributed to his acceptance to a prestigious high school, college, and graduate school. He graduated from China’s renowned Lingnan College, Beijing University, and completed his master’s degree in education from the University of Michigan and his doctoral degree from the Teachers’ College at Columbia University.

Mrs. Chen grew up in Hong Kong and moved to the United States of America at age 10. She attended college at Southern Methodist University and earned her psychology degree at Vanderbilt University. She received a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling in 1988 from The University of Akron. Mrs. Chen is a licensed professional clinical counselor and co-founder and executive director emeritus of ASIA Inc. She has implemented health projects for Asian communities that address issues such as substance abuse, cardiovascular health, sexual abstinence for immigrant adolescents, and programs for the elderly. Mrs. Chen was named a 2008 Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures. The award recognizes people older than 60 years of age who are making a difference in society. She was also the 2004 recipient of the Organizational Leadership Award from the Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment and Leadership for her tobacco control efforts in the Asian Pacific Islander communities in Ohio and the 2002 Summit County, Ohio, YWCA Woman of the Year. Mrs. Chen is married to Dr. C.F. Chen, a retired University of Akron professor of electrical engineering and entrepreneur. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

The Dr. James K.C. Juan Annual Scholarship is an annual academic scholarship seeking to promote a diverse student body in the College of Education. The Dr. James K.C. Juan Annual Scholarship will support a University of Akron student studying Education. The student must be a legal resident and citizen of the United States of America. In awarding the scholarship, factors to be considered will be financial need, academic performance, geographic origin, diverse experiences, and socioeconomic background. Sources of diversity may include overcoming personal adversity, participation in community service, living abroad, and speaking foreign languages – generally providing a different and diverse perspective to the College. A diverse student body may bring to the University experiences, outlooks, and ideas that enrich the training of its student body and better equip its graduates through increased perspectives, preparation as professionals, and the fostering of civic engagement. For the College of Education, a diverse student body is particularly important since graduates will be teaching students from many different backgrounds. Applicants also will be considered based on an interest or desire to teach or explore Asian-American/Pacific Islander culture in the classroom experience or on a desire to teach internationally. The Dr. James K.C. Juan Annual Scholarship recipient will be selected by the Honors College Scholarship and Awards committee, with approval from the dean of the Honors College and in collaboration with the Office of Student Financial Aid. If a candidate from the Honors College cannot be identified, students from the College of Education will be eligible for consideration of The Dr. K.C. Juan Annual Scholarship.

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