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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Waldman Sr., Richard L. Scholarship Fund

The Richard L. Waldman Sr. Scholarship Fund was established by William and Lesley Waldman in memory of his father. Mr. Waldman was born in Toledo, Ohio. Following graduation from Buchtel High School in 1939, he served in World War II and married Dorothy May Robinson in 1943. Mr. Waldman had a long and distinguished business career, starting with the H. Muehlstein Company and retiring as an executive with the A. Schulman Company. For the people whose lives he touched, he was the best. He was gregarious, courageous, determined, and a dedicated father with a special love for his family and friends. Throughout his life, Mr. Waldman was known for his intelligence and his wit, which made people feel good to be in his presence. He pursued learning opportunities and instilled an appreciation of education into his children and grandchildren.

The Richard L. Waldman Sr. Scholarship will be awarded annually, with first preference given to a student who has graduated from an Akron Public High School. The recipient must evidence excellent ethical and moral behavior and an interest in learning. The recipient must have a 3.0 minimum GPA from high school and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher as an undergraduate student at The University of Akron. The scholarship award can be renewed upon application but is not necessarily renewed annually.

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