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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Johnson, Jack W. Memorial Scholarship

The endowed Jack W. Johnson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2003 by loving family and friends as a lasting tribute to Jack W. Johnson, class of 1960. An Akron native, Jack graduated with a B.S. from the University of Akron in industrial management. He completed the Program for Executives at Carnegie Mellon University in 1977 and the Program for Senior Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982. Well-respected in the business community, Jack was with the BFGoodrich Co. from 1960 to 1983, where he held a series of positions including: personnel manager at the plant level, division manager of industrial relations (tire division), corporate manager of union relations, staff vice president for labor relations, and vice president of administration for the engineered product group. From 1983 to 1986, he was senior vice president, human resources, at Eastern Airlines. From 1987 to 1989, he served as deputy director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, D.C. He was employed by the LTV Corporation from 1989 to 1992, first as director of labor relations and personnel, and then as vice president, human resources, LTV Aerospace and Defense Co. Since November of 1992 until his death on September 14, 2003, Jack was a labor-management relations consultant with Bill Usery Associates Inc. in Washington, D.C. Mr. Usery is a former secretary of labor and held Jack in the highest regard.

The Jack W. Johnson Memorial Scholarship will provide academic undergraduate scholarship(s) to a deserving College of Business Administration student selected by the dean of the College of Business Administration in cooperation with the Office of Financial Aid. The students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and must exhibit scholarship and leadership within the College of Business Administration. The University of Akron Foundation Board of Trustees has the power to change the description of the scholarship if, in the future, it is determined the scholarship is not consistent with the mission of the College of Business Administration.

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