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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Gill, Robert J. and Jacqueline B. Endowed Fund for Track and Field/Cross Country

Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Gill are members of the Founders Club of the John R. Buchtel Society and the Zips Athletics Scholarship Fund (Z-Fund). Mr. Gill is a graduate of The University of Akron College of Business Administration and a former track athlete. He is also a director of The University of Akron Foundation.

The Robert J. and Jacqueline B. Gill Endowed Fund for Track and Field/Cross Country was established to provide permanent funding for The University of Akron Track and Field/Cross Country programs. Mr. and Mrs. Gill are longtime benefactors of the University and have provided annual, special, and capital support of the Track and Field/Cross Country teams to assist talented student-athletes in Mid-American Conference, NCAA Division I Regional, and NCAA Division National competition. Their gifts have helped the teams and student-athletes successfully compete in major meets and to achieve academically as students of the University.

The Robert J. and Jacqueline B. Gill Endowed Fund for Track and Field/Cross Country provides supplemental funding for the University’s track and field/cross country programs. Resources can be used for scholarships, equipment purchases, travel, capital projects, and other projects as deemed important to the track and field/cross country programs. Income from The Robert J. and Jacqueline B. Gill Endowed Fund for Track and Field/Cross Country will be used at the discretion of the head coach of the University’s track and field/cross country teams. In creating this fund, Mr. and Mrs. Gill demonstrate their commitment to the University and to the student-athletes participating in track and field/cross country.

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