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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Korzeniewski, Adolph Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Adolph Korzeniewski Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2017 through The Testamentary Trust of the late Adolph Korzeniewski.  A native of Akron and graduate of Garfield High School, Mr. Korzeniewski recognized the important contribution of The University of Akron toward the Akron community and its children.  He established a perpetual scholarship fund to benefit qualified graduates of Garfield High School wishing to attend The University of Akron to complete a bachelor’s degree.    

The Adolph Korzeniewski Endowed Scholarship Fund shall provide annual scholarships to one or more qualified graduates of Kenmore-Garfield High School (formerly known as Garfield High School) pursuing a bachelor’s degree at The University of Akron.  Should Kenmore-Garfield High School no longer exist, scholarships will be directed to students from any of the high schools in the Akron Public Schools. 

Selection of the scholarship recipient(s) will be determined by The University of Akron’s Office of Student Financial Aid in consultation with Kenmore-Garfield High School guidance counselors and/or principal as needed.  Scholarships are applied directly to a student’s account for use for tuition and fees. 

Applicants also must:

  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid
  • enter the University and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • be enrolled as a full-time student
  • be an exemplary role model for other students

Scholarships are renewable if the student recipient maintains all requirements and is in good standing with The University of Akron.                                               

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