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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Panek, Dr. Paul E. Endowed Scholarship in Psychology

Christine Franklin Panek established The Dr. Paul E. Panek Endowed Scholarship in Psychology at The University of Akron in loving memory of her husband, Dr. Paul E. Panek.  Dr. and Mrs. Panek’s life together began when they met at Bierce Library on The University of Akron campus. The University will always remain dear to their hearts.

Dr. Panek was born in Springfield, Mass., on November 13, 1946. He received a bachelor of arts in psychology from Central Connecticut State College in 1969, a master of science in psychology from the University of Bridgeport in 1973, and his Ph.D. in developmental psychology in 1977 from The University of Akron. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War from 1969-1971. Dr. Panek was a professor, administrator, researcher/author, and practicing psychologist. He passed away December 28, 2007, having made many contributions in higher education and psychology.

Dr. Panek specialized in adulthood, aging, and developmental disabilities assessment. He conducted cross-cultural research with psychologists in Japan, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, and Croatia.  Dr. Panek co-authored a widely used textbook on adulthood development and aging, now in its fourth edition, and a manual on the use of a projective technique, the Hand Test. In collaboration with the University’s faculty and fellow graduates, he published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and was an invited guest lecturer at Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Panek was honored to have served as chair of the Psychology Department at Eastern Illinois University and The Ohio State University at Newark, where he also served as dean.

He received the Outstanding Faculty Award from Eastern Illinois University, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Institute of Life Span Development and Gerontology in 1993 from The University of Akron, and the Barnes Award for Exemplary Teaching and for Exemplary Research the following year from The Ohio State University.

The Dr. Paul E. Panek Endowed Scholarship in Psychology was established by Christine Franklin Panek to support a graduate student active in research in an effort to help advance and retain high-caliber graduate students and maintain the University’s legacy of excellence in the field of psychology. The award may be used for the scholar’s research-related expenses.

The selected scholar will be a student who already is active in the research arena and recognized as having great research potential in the field of psychology. The Department of Psychology’s Chair and Scholarship Committee, in cooperation with the Office of Student Financial Aid, will select the recipients of The Dr. Paul E. Panek Endowed Scholarship in Psychology.

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