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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Association of The University of Akron Retirees' Scholarship

The Association of The University of Akron Retirees’ Scholarship was created in March 2007. It is the intention of the Association of The University of Akron Retirees to endow this scholarship and to continue to build upon it with yearly fundraising.

The Association of The University of Akron Retirees will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2008. The group is comprised of University of Akron retirees who wish to continue their involvement in the life of the University and its students. The group meets for social, educational, and advocacy purposes, and its members support and enrich the University in many ways.

The scholarship will be awarded to a full-time junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and some degree of financial need, but who is ineligible for federal or state need-based grant assistance. Additional criteria to be considered are community involvement and a strong work ethic. The scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Association of The University of Akron Retirees’ Selection Committee in collaboration with the Office of Student Financial Aid. Final selection will be made by the Committee. Consideration will be given to rotation among colleges, and the scholarship is renewable.

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