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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Karlson, Marjorie J. Memorial Scholarship

The Marjorie J. Karlson Memorial Scholarship was established by her family in her memory. Mrs. Karlson had a B.S. in physics from Thiel College. In the early 1950s, she did programming on IBM computers in machine code. She also did substitute teaching in the Orrville School System and taught in the Head Start program for eight years. After raising five children, she returned to school and completed additional course work in computer sciences and mathematics at The University of Akron. On completion of her additional studies, Mrs. Karlson began working for The University of Akron. She had various responsibilities in the Math and Computer Science Department for more than 15 years, including computer science lab manager and instructor of database management. Mrs. Karlson had an outstanding commitment to the students. She frequently talked of work with family and friends. Her particular concern was that the students receive every benefit and opportunity to succeed. The Marjorie J. Karlson Memorial Scholarship will continue her goal of academic achievement and opportunity for students. The family recognizes the limitations and barriers that may prevent women from entering into the computer science field and would like to encourage them with this scholarship. The Marjorie J. Karlson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a female junior or senior, enrolled as a full-time student, majoring in computer science. The recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better and show interest, leadership, and commitment to the field. The Office of Financial Aid, in conjunction with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and representatives of the Karlson family, will select recipients.

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