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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Kvam Endowed Fund for The Clinic for Child Study & Family Therapy

The Kvam Endowed Fund for The Clinic for Child Study & Family Therapy began through the efforts of Reverend Roger and Debby Kvam. In the early 1970s, Reverend and Mrs. Kvam began a camp for mentally challenged children at Reverend Kvam's church. Mrs. Kvam had the idea because she had seen her son, Eugene, who was born with Down syndrome, thrive in a camp environment. For many years, the camp continued to grow, eventually finding a home on a 30-acre plot of land. In 1979, the camp was turned over to The University of Akron with faculty and students providing much of the labor, teaching, and funds to support the camp. When the camp was eventually sold, the funds were placed in an endowment to continue to provide benefit to children through support of The Department of Counseling and Special Education for use by the Clinic. The Clinic provides much-needed services to the community and a valuable clinical experience for graduate students. The Kvam Endowed Fund for The Clinic for Child Study & Family Therapy will be used by the Department of Counseling and Special Education to benefit the Clinic for Child Study and its programs.

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