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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Wells, Hoyt M. and Merdith Graduate Fellowship in Polymer Science

The Hoyt M. and Merdith Wells Graduate Fellowship in Polymer Science was established to provide for an outstanding College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering student who has achieved academic excellence and is pursuing a graduate degree in polymer science. The student must be a U.S. citizen. These funds will be used to offset the cost of books, student travel to technical meetings, and summer support for student living expenses.

This scholarship is funded by Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt Wells, friends of The University of Akron and members of the President’s Club of the John R. Buchtel Society. Mr. and Mrs. Wells are longtime members of the Akron Community and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company family. Mr. Wells' career with Goodyear featured involvement in many facets of the company's business and culminated in his serving as president, chief operating officer, and vice chairman of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Mr. Wells also has served as president of The University of Akron Foundation and chairman of the College of Engineering Advancement Council. The Dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and the University Scholarship Committee will select the recipient of this scholarship.

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