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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GPD Group Civil Engineering Scholarship Program

The GPD Group Civil Engineering Scholarship Program at The University of Akron is sponsored by GPD Group in Akron, Ohio. GPD Group (GPD) provides architecture, engineering, planning and construction services to public and private sector clients throughout Ohio and across the United States. GPD established roots in Akron, Ohio in 1961 and has grown to a firm of over 600 professionals located in 14 offices nationwide.

GPD offers a comprehensive and diverse range of services within the framework of state / federal, local governments, as well as corporate and private utilities. The firm delivers value through the life-cycle of a project with an integrated approach that capitalizes on its full-service capabilities.

GPD is committed to helping students flourish by providing hands-on experience, competitive pay and mentoring in their area of interest. GPD loves passing on its knowledge and expertise to aspiring young professionals, and is proud that many of its company leaders were brought up through The GPD Group Civil Engineering Scholarship Program and it is eager to continue that tradition through ongoing support of this program.

The GPD Group Civil Engineering Scholarship Program will be awarded annually for use towards tuition and fees. The focus of the scholarship is on students who are pursuing a program of study in Civil Engineering at The University of Akron. First consideration will be given to minority and female students.

This scholarship was originally established in May 2006, and revised in September of that year, and then in February 2019.

Eligible students must complete a College of Engineering scholarship application and submit it to GPD Group through the College. In addition to the application, candidates should submit a copy of their college transcripts and a short essay describing examples of their demonstrated leadership, such as employment, charitable/community service and extra-curricular activities. Applications, including transcripts and essays will be reviewed with select candidates, meeting the minimum requirements, and invited to interview at GPD. GPD Group will make final selection.

Sophomore through senior level students are eligible to apply for The GPD Group Civil Engineering Scholarship Program, providing the following prerequisites are met:

  • Student is actively enrolled at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio and has declared a major in Civil Engineering in the University's College of Engineering.
  • Student has achieved a GPA of 3.0 or better at the high school level and has excelled in math and sciences.
  • First consideration will be given to:
    • Minority and female civil engineering students
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents/nationals

Scholarship recipient(s) will also be given selection preference as part of The University of Akron's College of Engineering Civil Co-op Program at GPD during the course of their Civil Engineering Curriculum. 

Recipients may be considered for renewal of the scholarship if they maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and continue to demonstrate that they excel in math and sciences at the university level.

Students are not eligible to receive this scholarship while on co-op as the scholarship is only applicable to tuition and fees.

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