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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Kopy, Vincent P. Endowed Fund

The Vincent P. Kopy Endowed Fund was established in 2001 (and revised in 2016) by former students of Vincent P. Kopy in sincere appreciation for the support and guidance he gave them while at The University of Akron.

Kopy, a World War II veteran who earned his B.S. and M.S. from Case Western Reserve University, was an associate professor of accounting in UA’s George W. Daverio School of Accountancy. He joined the University in 1975 and taught until his retirement in 1990. Prior to UA, he taught accounting at Case Western Reserve, John Carroll, and Cleveland State universities. During his tenure at UA, Kopy was the recipient of the 1982 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the Alumni Association, and his excellence was recognized by his colleagues, who awarded him emeritus status. He and his wife, Lois, who passed away in 2016, have two daughters, Alison and Louise. Kopy passed away in 2003.

Along with traditional instruction in the area of accounting, Kopy was beloved for extending his lessons beyond the classroom. He took a personal interest in the lives of his students, encouraging them to participate in college activities, student associations, and professional internships so they could reach their full potential.

Former students wish to use the fund as a tribute to the leadership and life skills Kopy gave them. 

Students eligible for The Vincent P. Kopy Endowed Fund include juniors, seniors, and graduate assistants enrolled in the College of Business Administration who are pursuing degrees in accounting or tax. The fund will provide an annual scholarship to an upper-level undergraduate or an award to a graduate assistant; the recipient will be known as the Kopy Scholar. Special consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate strong interest and participation in student organizations, particularly Beta Alpha Psi, Accounting Association, and Toastmasters. The Kopy Scholar should maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0; however, GPA is of secondary importance to participation in student organizations. The scholarship and the award are renewable if the student maintains the requirements for support from the fund. The George W. Daverio School of Accountancy’s Scholarship Committee will determine the recipient.

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