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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Weems, Brenda M. Lewis Health Profession Scholarship

The Brenda M. Lewis Weems Health Profession Scholarship was established to encourage more students to pursue careers in the health professions. The scholarship was established through the generosity of Ms. Brenda M. Lewis Weems, RN, MSN, CNP; Paul G. Perantinides, Esq.; and Chris T. Nolan, Esq. Ms. Lewis Weems received her bachelor of science in nursing from the College of Nursing in 1995 and completed her master of science in nursing, including a subspecialty as an adult nurse practitioner, at The University of Akron in 1999. Both Mr. Perantinides and Mr. Nolan received their law degrees from The University of Akron, in 1969 and 1973 respectively. The Brenda M. Lewis Weems Health Profession Scholarship will be awarded to students who are pursuing a degree in the College of Nursing or the pre-medical program at The University of Akron. Students in the College of Nursing can be pursuing an undergraduate, masters, or doctoral-level degree, and preference will be given to students who are in the Nurse Practitioner Program. Students who are in the pre-medical program will be awarded this scholarship in honor of Dr. Margo S. Prade, an Akron physician who dedicated her life to her community and served as a mentor to many young people. The scholarship recipients must meet the following criteria: be enrolled with a minimum of 6 credit hours; be employed full time (preferably); maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0; and are ineligible or deemed ineligible for federal or state grants. The Office of Financial Aid, in collaboration with the College of Nursing, will determine the recipients.

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