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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Dixon, Don and Jeri Scholarship in Accounting

The Don and Jeri Dixon Scholarship in Accounting was established by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. Dixon Jr. Don Dixon is a successful alumnus of the College of Business Administration Accounting program. The Dixons' endowed scholarship is for the benefit of "new majority" accounting students. Don Dixon completed his education while employed and when he and Jeri were beginning a family. For this reason, they can appreciate the challenge faced by students and have offered their assistance. It is the Dixons' request that recipients consider providing philanthropic support for accounting student scholarships when they have established careers.

Scholarship assistance is to be awarded to an outstanding student in the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy based on academic achievement and need. Selection of the recipient will be made by the department chair in the school with assistance from the Office of Student Financial Aid. The donor requests one annual recipient be elected to receive an award amount, up to the full cost of tuition, books, and fees. If additional funds are available, they are to be awarded in the same manner until all the award funds are expended.

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