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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Neiman, Marcus L. Fund

Marcus L. Neiman’s passion for music, helping students and The University of Akron led him to establish The Marcus L. Neiman Fund in 2017.  The fund will enhance the University Band’s mission and benefit band students demonstrating financial need.  At the discretion of the Director of Bands, the funds can be used to defray expenses for any of, but not limited to, the following reasons:  travel expenses for professional gatherings (such as the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) conference), scholarship opportunities, band recruiting efforts, equipment and/or technology upgrades, and other items as needed.

Neiman earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Akron in 1970.  He holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and completed additional coursework at Kent State University.  Neiman is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi (University of Michigan Nu chapter, and honorary Beta Pi at Kent State University); and Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership

society - The University of Akron-Theta Circle).

Teaching has been Neiman’s life work.  He was an assistant professor and faculty member in the Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music.  He has been conductor of the Medina Community Band since 1972 and conductor of the Sounds of Sousa Band since 1992. Previously, he was a high school band director and a fine arts consultant and director for the Medina County Schools Educational Service Center.  He has also held prominent roles with OMEA, which he currently serves as state historian.  In addition to OMEA, Neiman is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and Ohio Citizens for the Arts.

Neiman’s passion and expertise have been recognized numerous times. He was the recipient of OMEA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service award, in 2010; honored with the Excellence in Education Leadership award from Leadership Medina County in 2014; and named the Arts Educator of the Year by Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland in 2002.

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