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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Boyle, Martha E. Scholarship Fund

Martha Boyle was a Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, native and lived in the greater Akron community for many of her 84 years. Her longstanding affiliation with The University of Akron began with her receiving a scholarship to attend the University, where she earned an MA in urban studies in 1971, later teaching courses in that subject. A woman of high intelligence, she also held bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Francis College in Joliet, Ill.

Ms. Boyle was a nun for 16 years, serving several parishes in the area. Later she worked in urban and health planning, before transitioning into the field of life insurance, when she became a principal with Boyle & Associates in Akron. She was a financial advisor representing Lincoln National Insurance. Always committed to excellence, Ms. Boyle received the insurance industry’s National Quality and National Sales Achievement awards, specializing in life and health insurance, annuities and equities.

Ms. Boyle was the widow of James Whitmire Jr., the former headmaster for Camp Y-Noah.

Ms. Boyle’s longstanding commitment to community service involved working with the Akron Regional Development Board and serving on the Advisory Board for Our Lady of the Elms. A former member of the Western Reserve Girls Scout Council, the Akron City Club, the Women’s Network and the 14th District Congressional Office Advisory Committee, she also was a devoted member of St. Bernard Parish, where she served on the Finance Committee.

Ms. Boyle’s affiliation strengthened The University of Akron, where she was involved with the Alumni Council and the Hilltopper/Buchtelles. Her numerous gifts to the University during her lifetime were matched by Lincoln National Life. She remembered the University with a life insurance policy naming the University as beneficiary. She passed away in 2013.

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