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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Johnstone, Russell R. and Vivienne S. Scholarship

Vivienne Skadsdamen Johnstone, a native of Sharon, N.D., and a graduate of the University of North Dakota, established The Russell R. and Vivienne S. Johnstone Scholarship in memory of her husband, Russell, and as a gift to the community where she and her husband lived, worked, volunteered, raised their two children, and enjoyed their two grandchildren and great grandchild.

College sweethearts, Vivienne and Russell Johnstone met at a weekly dance hosted by Vivienne’s sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. Russ, a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, was a law student, and Vivienne was a freshman. For Russ, it was love at first sight, but because he felt so strongly about the importance of education, marriage was postponed until after Vivienne’s graduation. For the next nine years, Vivienne and Russ moved around the United States (Illinois, Texas, and Ohio) as Russ’ career in the insurance industry took off. During this time, World War II intervened. Russ served his country, both at home and abroad, in the Army as a First Sergeant, and Vivienne worked to coordinate grain shipments in four states for the Army. In 1952, Russ accepted a position with Roadway Express and moved his family to Akron, Ohio. The Johnstones quickly became active members of the Akron community. Vivienne volunteered with the PTA at her children’s schools, and Russ, who retired from Roadway Express in 1976 as the company’s vice president and corporate secretary, held positions of leadership within the community with organizations like the Ohio Bar Association, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill Industries, the Central Hospital Bureau, and the Ohio Trucking Association, which inducted him into the Ohio Trucking Association’s Hall of Fame in the 1970s. Both were also intimately involved at their church, Westminster Presbyterian Church.

The purpose of The Russell R. and Vivienne S. Johnstone Scholarship is to provide scholarship support to one or more students in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration. In awarding the scholarship, consideration shall be given to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and financial need.

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