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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Rogers, June Thomas International Student Fund

The June Thomas Rogers International Student Fund was established in 1995 for the purpose of 1) encouraging new international students to pursue degree studies at The University of Akron and 2) rewarding continuing international students. All international students who make first-time applications to The University of Akron for undergraduate degree studies and who demonstrate interest in the scholarship will be considered for the scholarships. However, preference will be given to students who demonstrate the following criteria: commitment to returning to the home country and using knowledge gained at UA for the development of the home country, the chosen field of study is underrepresented within international students, gender is underrepresented among UA international students, and student's potential for disseminating knowledge to a wide audience upon return to the home country.

International students already pursuing undergraduate degree studies at The University of Akron can apply for an outstanding international student scholarship. These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the students' work in building "bridges" between U.S. and international students on the UA campus, achievement of academic excellence, and need, as well as the criteria listed above for new international student scholarships.

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