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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Garrett Jr., Rev. Dr. Thaddeus A. Scholarship

Rev. Dr. Thaddeus A. Garrett Jr. graduated from The University of Akron in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He received his Dr. of Divinity from Howard University. He was an ordained minister who served as associate minister at his lifelong church – Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Garrett enjoyed a historic career in public service that included a multitude of both elected and appointed positions, including positions under four United States Presidents. He founded Garrett & Co., a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm specializing in international trade. Dr. Garrett passed away in 1999 after a short but prolific life filled with inspiring accomplishments.

The Thaddeus Garrett Charitable Foundation supports The Rev. Dr. Thaddeus A. Garrett Jr. Scholarship at The University of Akron. The Garrett Scholarship awards tuition and fees to candidates meeting the criteria established by the Garrett Foundation. The scholarship began with two awards of $2,500 each for the fall 2003 semester. Students in the Greater Akron area are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students from diverse backgrounds who are pursuing degrees in a liberal arts discipline, particularly education and political science. Diversity factors that will be considered include: (1) urban area residency; (2) evidence of leadership ability; (3) family income; (4) quality of secondary school; (5) involvement in extracurricular activities; (6) achievement in spite of difficult personal or family situations; (7) completion of special projects or programs that offer evidence of significant effort, accomplishment and a special suitability to education or political science programs; (8) first generation college attendance; and (9) community involvement. Students must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50. The Office of Student Financial Aid will select the scholarship recipients.

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