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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Anderson, Judge Donald T. Endowed Scholarship

The Judge Donald T. Anderson Endowed Scholarship was established in 2017 by Christopher J. Peters upon being named Dean of The University of Akron School of Law.  Dean Peters established this scholarship in memory of his late grandfather, Judge Donald T. Anderson.

Judge Anderson spent 24 years on the bench in his home state of Michigan, first as a Probate and Juvenile Court Judge in Kalamazoo County and later as a Judge (and eventually Chief Judge) of the Kalamazoo County Circuit Court.  As director of the non-profit group Children’s Charter of Michigan, Judge Anderson proposed reforms to the state’s juvenile justice system that remain in effect to this day.  During his term as Chief Judge of the Circuit Court, Judge Anderson instituted case management and record keeping practices that served as statewide models.  Judge Anderson was known among the Kalamazoo County bar for his high expectations of attorneys and his sense of decency and fair play.  His grandson, Christopher Peters, has established this scholarship in the hope that its recipients will be inspired, as he has been, by Judge Anderson’s lifelong dedication to public service and concern for the practical impact of the law, particularly on society’s most vulnerable members.

The Judge Donald T. Anderson Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to one or more students enrolled at The University of Akron School of Law. The Dean of the School of Law will select the scholarship recipient(s).

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