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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Goodyear Scholarship Program

With its commitment to supporting the success of students and families in its Akron, Ohio, home, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company herein establishes the annual Goodyear Scholarship Program. The program is designed to provide opportunity to hardworking students and families, as well as to educate today's students to become leaders in tomorrow's industry.

The University of Akron's Office of Financial Aid will have the authority to administer the program and select recipients with representatives from Goodyear within the following guidelines:

  • Twenty scholarships of $2500 each will be available annually.
  • Scholarship recipients must be graduates of a Summit County school district, with preference given to students who attended Akron Public Schools.
  • Applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students and maintain a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA.
  • Each academic year, 10 of the scholarships should be awarded to freshman students. The other 10 can be designated to students who have declared majors in the following areas: engineering, finance/accounting, information technology, business management/human resources.
  • In future years, scholarship recipients must reapply annually and re-qualify to receive the Goodyear Scholarship for up to five years. After renewals are approved, all remaining scholarships will be divided equally.
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment to remain eligible for scholarships.
  • Consideration should be given to sons and daughters of Goodyear associates and also to graduates of the Summit Education Initiative (SEI) Destination College program. Goodyear and SEI will work with the University to verify enrollment and GPA.

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