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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Chenot, John R. and Margaret Wade Endowed Research Fund

The John R. and Margaret Wade Chenot Endowed Research Fund was established by Mrs. John R. (Margaret Wade) Chenot in loving tribute to her late husband. Mr. Chenot, a World War II veteran, suffered hearing impairment as a result of his service in the artillery. It is Mrs. Chenot's intention, through this gift, to assist others through support for research related to hearing impairment. The John R. and Margaret Wade Chenot Endowed Research Fund, established in 1995, provides the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology with vital resources for this important purpose.

Selection of projects eligible for funding are made by the Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts (or designee), the Director of the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and one faculty member selected each year by the faculty. At least one of these three individuals must be an audiologist. For consideration, projects must have potential benefit for the needs of the hearing-impaired. Special preference will be given to collaborative efforts that focus additional skills or resources on the needs of the hearing-impaired. However, any collaborative efforts must have at least one member of the department working on the project.

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