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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Avery Dennison Annual Scholarship

The Avery Dennison Scholarship was created in 2001. The annual scholarship award is intended to recognize the outstanding academic achievement of a student in the College of Engineering at The University of Akron who is specializing in engineering and planning a career in research. The scholarship will be awarded at the College’s Honor’s and Award Banquet, or its successor, held each spring,.

Avery Dennison develops, manufacturers, and markets a wide range of products for consumer and industrial markets. The company exceeds $3.5 billion in annual sales and is considered the global leader in pressure-sensitive technology and innovative self-adhesive solutions for consumer products and label materials. While Avery Dennison’s corporate headquarters are in Pasadena, California, the company has a significant business base in Northeast Ohio.

The scholarship recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student studying engineering at The University of Akron. The scholarship recipient must be a rising senior with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The recipient should evidence the following characteristics, which fall within Avery Dennison’s corporate character: integrity, teamwork, service, innovation, excellence, and community. If the recipient has an interest in working for a manufacturing company, it would be a plus. Avery Dennison employees and their children are not eligible for the scholarship.

The College’s Scholarship Committee in conjunction with The University of Akron’s Office of Financial Aid will select the scholarship recipient. The Dean of the College of Engineering will be the ultimate arbiter of any decision concerning the scholarship selection process.

The Avery Dennison Scholarship is a $1,500 award given annually to one student who meets the previously listed criteria. The College will determine the manner and timing of the disbursement to the scholarship recipient, which shall be presented by Avery Dennison whenever possible.

The scholarship will be awarded as part of the College’s annual Honors and Award Banquet (or its successor). The donor or the donor’s designee will be invited to the ceremony to meet the scholarship recipient.

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