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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Doubledee, John Wesley Endowed Scholarship

The John Wesley Doubledee Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to one student who displays significant potential as a future business leader through academic success, civic involvement, and community efforts. The recipient will be a deserving student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in business within the following areas: e-business, entrepreneurship, international business, or information technologies.

To be considered for this scholarship, both undergraduate and graduate students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Graduate students must have been accepted within one of The University of Akron’s graduate programs in the College of Business Administration. Preference will be given to students who are Summit County residents. Awards are renewable to students maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit a letter of application and resume to The Office of Student Financial Aid. The letter should indicate how the candidate qualifies for the scholarship (e.g. current GPA, current employment, and extracurricular activities). The Office of Student Financial Aid will have the first opportunity to determine the recipients, in consultation with Deanna Doubledee. If there are no eligible College of Business Administration candidates, the Office of Student Financial Aid will determine the scholarship recipients in consultation with Deanna Doubledee.

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