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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Taylor, Donald Scholarship

The Donald Taylor Scholarship was established in February 2015 with a gift from The University of Akron Developmental Programs faculty in honor of Donald Taylor’s legacy and pride in his alma mater, The University of Akron.

Mr. Taylor joined the University in 1987 and held several part-time teaching titles before becoming a full-time college lecturer in 2001 in the Department of Developmental Programs. In 2003, he received special recognition from the Office of Accessibility, determined by student recommendation, for his affirmation and support of students with disabilities in the classroom. In 2004, Mr. Taylor also was honored with the Diversity Award by the Office of Multicultural Development for his contributions to an improved campus climate. He retired in 2011 but continued as a part-time senior college lecturer and tutor in both Developmental Programs and the Division of Student Success.

Mr. Taylor’s career-long commitment to education reflects his dedication to student success on a personal and academic level. The establishment of The Donald Taylor Scholarship is a fitting tribute to his commitment to student achievement.

The Donald Taylor Scholarship will be awarded to the Department of Developmental Programs Outstanding Student Award winner(s).

A selection committee of Developmental Programs faculty will select the Outstanding Developmental Programs student(s) using the approved process already in place, or any future department-approved processes for selecting Outstanding Developmental Programs Award recipients. Students must have taken at least one Developmental Programs course, demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, exemplary attendance, and exceptional participation in class, particularly in relation to consistently contributing to the learning environment of the class. The Office of Student Financial Aid will post scholarship awards to the recipients’ accounts.

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