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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Davies, John Morris and William Olin Davies Memorial Fund in Physics

The John Morris Davies and William Olin Davies Memorial Fund in Physics was established on March 3, 1995, by Mrs. Margaret A. Davies. Mrs. Davies established the fund on her 91st birthday, in loving recognition of her late husband, John Morris Davies '22, '24, and her deceased son, William Olin Davies '57. Both her husband and son shared a great love of physics.

John Morris Davies received an undergraduate and master's degree in physics from The University of Akron and received a Ph.D. at Temple University. He taught at The University of Akron, worked at The BFGoodrich Company for 23 years, and Army Quartermaster Research Laboratory in Natick, Massachusetts, until retiring in 1970.

William Olin Davies graduated from Oberlin College and received his master's degree from The University of Akron in physics. He received his Ph.D. in physics from South Eastern Institutes of Technology. Mr. Davies served as technical director of the United States Army Strategic Defense Command, its top civilian position. Prior to entering government service, William Davies served as a physicist at the IIT Research Institute and Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. His outstanding contributions in the area of ballistic missile program earned him the distinction of receiving a Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executives from President Bush.

The Davies Scholarship shall be awarded on the basis of merit and financial need to a student majoring in physics. The scholarship will be renewable as long as the recipient meets the criteria established by the department chair.

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