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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Wang, Siming-Baomei Zhao Student Enrichment Fund

The Siming Wang-Baomei Zhao Student Enrichment Fund was established in May 2015 in memory of Siming Wang and in honor of her daughter, Baomei Zhao, a professor of social work in the College of Health Professions at The University of Akron. The fund provides an annual award of $500 or 5 percent of the principal of the fund (whichever is greater) to a student pursuing an enriching educational experience, such international travel to attend conferences, or research or scholarly studies in the United States or abroad. The student will be chosen upon the recommendation of Dr. Zhao, with assistance from the Director of the School of Social Work. No later than six months following the completion of the educational experience, the selected student shall present a written report and make an oral presentation in a forum determined by Dr. Zhao. Should no monies be granted as described above in any two-year period, the fund shall be closed, and money remaining in the fund shall revert to the operating budget of the School of Social Work.

The Siming Wang-Baomei Zhao Student Enrichment Fund was established with initial gifts from Drs. Mark S. ’67 and Sandra K. ’67, ’68 Auburn, as well as the family and friends of Siming Wang. Additional gifts are welcome.

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