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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Kristofco, John P. Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in July 2011 by colleagues and friends of Dr. John (Jack) P. Kristofco upon his retirement to honor him for 14 years of dedicated service as Dean of Wayne College and 40 years as an Ohio higher education leader.  The College experienced excellent growth through enrollment, programming, outreach and physical facilities under Jack’s leadership. Jack’s heart for the students, the college, and the community was always evident through his teaching and administration. He is now Emeritus Dean/Professor. This Scholarship was endowed in 2017.

The John P. Kristofco Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a Wayne College entering student (either traditional or adult) majoring in either English or education. Traditional student candidates (ages 17-21) should have a high school GPA of at least 3.5, a composite ACT score of at least 26 (1100 SAT), and top 20% class rank.  Adult candidates should have strong academic backgrounds (as determined by the selectors) and demonstrate either accomplishment in/involvement with writing (if pursuing English) or experience in public service or education (if pursuing education).  A scholarship application, due by March 1, should includes a brief essay describing academic-career goals. Award decisions will be determined annually by the Kristofco family. The amount and number of awards will depend on the available funds.

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