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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Rex, Frances L. Internship in Applied Politics

The endowed Frances L. Rex Internship in Applied Politics fund was established in 1995 in recognition of the work Frances L. Rex has offered the Republican Party. Mrs. Rex has been active in local politics since 1948; her first political campaign was for Thomas Dewey. Mrs. Rex has been a Republican Committee member since 1954 and an Executive Committee member since 1962. That same year, Ray Bliss appointed her as Summit County Republican Chairwoman and director of Women's Activities.

Mrs. Rex is the administrative assistant to the director of the Summit County Board of Elections. She was the first woman to become administrative assistant to the deputy director of the Summit County Board of Elections in 1982. Mrs. Rex is also vice chairman of the Summit County Republican Central Committee and a member of the Summit County Republican Executive Committee. She was a member of the GOP's State Central Committee for 10 years. She has attended every Republican National Convention since 1968 and was elected a delegate several times. Mrs. Rex was a member of the Electoral College representing the 14th Congressional District and cast her vote in 1980 for Ronald Reagan. Mrs. Rex was elected Woman of the Year in 1985 by the Akron chapter of American Business Women and is a past president. Mrs. Rex is also a past president of the Akron Civic Theater Guild.

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