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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Rothstein, Marian Memorial Scholarship

The Marian Rothstein Memorial Scholarship at Wayne College was established in 1996 by the family of Marian Rothstein in tribute to her dedication to nursing. As an idealistic young person, Ms. Rothstein left home against the wishes of her father to pursue the dream of a career in nursing. She was a graduate of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at CWRU. After completing her studies, she served in WWII, primarily in the Pacific Theater, and traveled extensively. She used her skill in nursing to assist patients and as a means to personal growth and satisfaction.

It is the family's intention that this scholarship will provide support for generations of students who will use their nursing education in a manner similar to Ms. Rothstein. This education will enable them not only to serve the needy but also will help unlock their dreams for the future. The scholarship is to be awarded without regard to race, religion, or gender to graduates of Wooster High School attending the nursing program at The University of Akron Wayne College. An incoming nursing student is to receive an outright award of $2,000 and must maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for continuing assistance.

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