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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Aynes, Richard L. Writing Competiton Award Endowment

The Richard L. Aynes Writing Competition Award Endowment was established by The University of Akron School of Law Intellectual Property Advisory Council in 2007 in honor of Dean Aynes on the occasion of his retirement as dean and return to the faculty. Dean Aynes served as dean of the School of Law for 12 years. One of his greatest legacies is the establishment of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology. His vision to build and foster partnerships with alumni, friends, and the greater IP legal community forever influenced the future growth of the field of IP law in Akron and beyond.

In honor of his transformational vision for the center and his keen interest in constitutional law, The Richard L. Aynes Writing Competition Award Endowment is established to support an annual award to a UA law student who authors the best paper on some constitutional aspect of intellectual property law. Paper requirements will be set forth by the director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology and Richard L. Aynes. The award will be given in the spring semester.

The award recipient shall be selected by the director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology and Richard L. Aynes, or their designees. The award amount will be determined as per the guidelines of the fund as established with The University of Akron Foundation.

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