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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King, Alberta M. and William C. '42 Scholarship Fund

The Alberta M. and William C. King ‘42 Scholarship Fund was established in 1991 as a memorial to Alberta M. King, wife of William. The scholarship fund recognizes Mrs. King’s belief in the value of higher education and Mr. King’s appreciation for his civil engineering degree earned at The University of Akron. The Alberta M. and William C. King Scholarships shall be awarded to undergraduate students majoring in engineering in the College of Engineering, and undergraduate students majoring in mathematical sciences or computer science in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. The students shall have a GPA of 3.0 or better. The scholarships shall be renewable if the students maintain the academic qualifications during their course of study. However, renewal of the scholarships is not mandated. Recipients of Alberta M. and William C. King Scholarships shall be determined by the scholarship committee of the College of Engineering and the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences with assistance from the University Scholarship Committee. The College regretfully notes the passing of Mr. King. He was a generous and caring friend who will be deeply missed.

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