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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Ryan-Ranson, Dr. Helen (Penny) and Dr. Nicholas Ranson Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Helen (Penny) Ryan-Ranson and Dr. Nicholas Ranson Scholarship Fund was established by Helen (Penny) Ryan-Ranson and Nicholas Ranson. Both were longtime faculty members at The University of Akron and former chairs of the Modern Languages Department and the English Department, respectively.

Dr. Ryan-Ranson received her undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and her graduate degrees from Middlebury College. While pursuing her degrees, she had the opportunity to live and study in Spain and to travel throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. Dr. Nicholas Ranson received his degrees from Cambridge University and Case Western Reserve University. A naturalized American citizen from England, he spent the greater part of his teaching career in the United States.

The Ransons believe that travel and study abroad can be an enriching, life-changing experience. To understand a culture, it is essential to immerse oneself in that language and civilization. The Ransons also believe that travel can expand one’s perception of what is possible, challenging a person to dream and to set higher goals for achievement.

The Dr. Helen (Penny) Ryan-Ranson and Dr. Nicholas Ranson Scholarship Fund was established to assist undergraduate students majoring or minoring in English or Spanish to travel or study in England or a Spanish-speaking country (not including Spanish-speaking regions in the continental United States). Recipients will be chosen from those who submit a letter outlining their plans for travel and/or study abroad and how it would benefit them. The letters of application will be judged by the Ransons and committee members from the Modern Languages and/or English Departments. In case of their absence, applications will be judged by the Office of Financial Aid in concert with the recommendations of the chairs of the Modern Languages and English Departments.

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