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

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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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Dilley Family Endowed Scholarship in Economics

The Dilley Family Endowed Scholarship in Economics was established September 12, 2011, by David A. and Lessia K. Goad-Dilley in honor of the Dilley family legacy in the Akron area, their commitment to community and country, and their family members who have attended or graduated from The University of Akron.

Akron native Donald W. Dilley (1922-2008) was the son of Warren (an auto parts maker on S. Main St.) and Hazel (a salesperson at the O'Neil’s Department Store). He graduated from North High School in 1940 and attended The University of Akron. A member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, he was a member of the University's Pershing Rifles competitive shooting squad, achieving a letter and All-American status. He joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1942 and flew B-24s, PBY, and PBM aircraft during World War II. He retired from the Naval Reserve in 1968 with the rank of Lt. Commander. He retired from Goodyear Aerospace in 1986 after 32 years as a technical writer. Donald had one sister, Dorese L. Dilley (1921- 1986). She graduated from North High School and the Akron City Hospital School of Nursing. She joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served as a Nursing Officer. She taught Nursing at the Ohio State University and Kent State University. She also served as the Assistant Director of the Summit County Visiting Nurse Service.

Esther V. Dilley was born in Akron (April 1923) to Erick (a carpenter and home builder) and Anna (homemaker) Anderson. She has one sister, Margaret (born 1921), and two brothers, Einar (1919-2012), who graduated from The University of Akron in 1944, and Robert (1926-2009). She graduated from Buchtel High School in 1941 and attended The University of Akron, where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

Donald and Esther were married in 1950 had four children: David (1950), Diane (1952), Donna (1954), and Denise (1964). All attended Ohio universities:

  • David - The University of Akron, 1973, BA in economics, BA in political science, member Omicron Delta Kappa; Wright State University, 1987, MBA
  • Diane - The University of Akron, 1972, associate degree with honors, medical office assistant
  • Donna - The Ohio State University, 1977, BA in business administration (accounting)
  • Denise - The Ohio State University, 1987, BS in industrial and systems engineering, member Kappa Alpha Theta

The Dilley Family desires to support undergraduate students in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Akron, with a preference for students majoring in economics. Awards will be made by the Dean's Office in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences in coordination with the Office of Financial Aid.

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