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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Greenwald, Robert J. and Richard M. Scholarship for the Editor of The Buchtelite

Twins Robert J. and Richard M. Greenwald were born December 20, 1916. Both are 1939 graduates of The University of Akron with B.S.B.A. degrees in business administration. Their activities at the University included Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Sigma Alpha, and co-editing The Buchtelite. The twins were listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. The Greenwalds also have master's degrees from New York University.

Robert J. Greenwald ran for student body president during his senior year. His platform included better football seats and the need to join an athletic conference. He is a retired U.S. Army Colonel who gives great credit to the experience he gained as the editor of The Buchtelite. It was because of this experience that he was based in London during World War II and met his wife.

Richard M. Greenwald has won several awards in his community, such as the 1989 Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce Community Involvement Award and the 1990 Hermosa Beach Business of the Year Award.

Robert and Richard Greenwald understand the importance of The Buchtelite standing as a quality publication. As former editors of The Buchtelite, they captivated the spirit of Akron and produced a publication of lasting value. It is because of this understanding and this achievement that the twin brothers have established The Robert J. and Richard M. Greenwald Scholarship for the Editor of The Buchtelite. The fund supports a competitive, merit-based student scholarship covering tuition and room and board for the editor of The Buchtelite.

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