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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Newland, Dr. Daniel M. Student Affairs Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Daniel M. Newland Student Affairs Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 in memory of Dr. Daniel M. Newland. Dr. Newland was a member of the University family for 30 years and earned his Ph.D. in sociology from the University in 1987. His career at The University of Akron was one of service to students. At the time of his death, Dr. Newland was the assistant vice president and dean of students and an instructor in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Newland’s previous posts included advisor of students, student development coordinator, and assistant dean of University College.

Selection of the scholarship recipient(s) will be made by the Dr. Daniel M. Newland Student Affairs Scholarship Fund Selection Committee based on the following qualities and criteria: applicants must have completed at least one academic year of study and accumulated at least 30 semester hours of credit at The University of Akron; a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at The University of Akron is required; a significant contribution(s) in service to students at the University must be documented. Applications should include a written statement from the applicant (100-200 words) indicating the service contribution that s/he has made on behalf of UA students. Documentation could include, but is not limited to, letters/certificates of recognition and reference letters from faculty, administrators, and/or advisors, etc. The scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship. The Office of Student Financial Aid will award the scholarships.

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