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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Gedelian, Anita and Thomas Endowed Scholarship

Thomas and Anita Gedelian established The Anita and Thomas Gedelian Endowed Scholarship in 2006 to assist students pursuing degrees in accounting and finance in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration. As alumni and benefactors of the College of Business Administration, Mr. and Mrs. Gedelian are active supporters of their alma mater. Mr. Gedelian has served the College as a member of the Institute for Global Business Advisory Board and through his current membership on the College’s Advancement Council. He also serves as a director of The University of Akron Foundation. He received a BA in accounting in 1977 and is a shareholder in the firm of Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Company. In 1991, he was awarded the Dr. Frank L. Simonetti Award, which recognizes outstanding business alumni at The University of Akron. Mrs. Gedelian returned to school after raising three children and earned a BA in finance in 2005. She represented the College of Business Administration as the student responder at her commencement ceremony. Mrs. Gedelian is with the Private Client Services Group of FirstMerit Bank.

Establishing a scholarship to assist students in their academic pursuits in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration is another example of the Gedelians’ belief in the importance of higher education. In selecting recipients of the Gedelian Endowed Scholarship, preference will be given to a junior or senior majoring in accounting or finance. Applicants must maintain a 3.3 GPA and demonstrate employment that assists in contributing to college expenses, as well as participation in civic or community activities or organizations. Students should apply in writing to the College of Business Administration scholarship committee to express their interest in The Anita and Thomas Gedelian Endowed Scholarship and to indicate their need for financial assistance. Selection will be made by the dean of the College of Business Administration with input from the department chairs of the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy and the Department of Finance.

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