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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Fouse, Winfred E. Endowed Scholarship Fund

Winfred E. Fouse, a native of Akron, was a co-founder of the General Tire and Rubber Company. He was the first secretary of the company from its founding in 1915 and played a leading role in its growth and expansion. At various times, he also served as vice president and treasurer, and for many years was a member of the board of directors. He retired from the company in 1958. At the request of his son, Eugene K. Fouse, BSE '26, The Winfred E. Fouse Endowed Scholarship Fund is to be awarded as part of the Scholarships for Excellence Program, as long as it remains in existence and a priority for The University of Akron. Awards are to be merit-based and used to attract and retain undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding academic accomplishments, have superior personal character, and show promise of becoming exemplary citizens. The students may continue to receive these awards throughout their undergraduate years provided they continue to demonstrate academic accomplishments and the high ideals required by the Scholarships for Excellence program. Initial selection and continuation shall be at the discretion of The University of Akron Scholarship Committee.

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