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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Owen Family Scholarship in Nursing

Summit County residents Steve and Sherryl Owen and their children made the decision to establish a family scholarship in the College of Nursing. Many of the members of the Owen family are alumni of The University of Akron. Family members Sherryl Owen, Amy (Owen) Abernathy, and Stephanie (Owen) Jabbour graduated from the College of Nursing. Nick Abernathy and Steve are graduates of the College of Business Administration. The University of Akron has played a major role in all their lives, and it is their wish to establish a scholarship to assist local students in need.

To be eligible for The Owen Family Scholarship in Nursing, students must be accepted into the College of Nursing and be in their junior or senior year, attend The University of Akron full time, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to graduates of Cuyahoga Falls High School or surrounding area. It is the Owen family's intention for the recipient to maintain the award on a yearly basis once awarded until graduation, given the student maintains good standing within the College of Nursing. The award recipients and the amount of the annual award will be determined by the Owen family in collaboration with the College of Nursing.

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