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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Cho, Dr. Yong H. Endowed Fund in Public Administration and Urban Studies

The Dr. Yong H. Cho Endowed Fund in Public Administration and Urban Studies was established in 2014 to honor Dr. Cho for his accomplishments as an outstanding professor and department chair in Public Administration and Urban Studies. In 1989, after more than 25 years of service at The University of Akron, Dr. Cho retired and continued his career at San Francisco State University and lastly at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea, where he was the dean of graduate and international studies. Highly active throughout his career in professional and practical applications of public administration, Dr. Cho served under former President Jimmy Carter as a senior policy analyst of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. From 1983 to 1990, he was a senior adviser in the Executive Policy Education Program of the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. Later, he served as the national president of the American Society of Public Administration. In recognition of his contributions to the profession, he was elected as a Fellow by members of the National Academy of Public Administration, an organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. Election to the National Academy is one of the highest honors for those engaged in the study or practice of public administration. Dedicated to student success, Dr. Cho considers himself to be a lifelong learner.

The Dr. Yong H. Cho Endowed Fund in Public Administration and Urban Studies was established through the generosity of Dr. Cho’s longtime friend and former student, Mr. Richard Ciccarone, and his wife, Marilyn. Mr. Ciccarone says Dr. Cho was instrumental in his success in education and experiences at The University of Akron and beyond, as well as the education and experiences of many other students.

Richard A. Ciccarone is a native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and a graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School. He earned a B.A. from Miami University (Ohio) before coming to The University of Akron, where he earned an M.A. in public administration and urban studies in 1978, studying under Dr. Cho. Dr. Cho’s influence helped inspire his own strong belief in the pursuit of wisdom and participation through education and involvement. Mr. Ciccarone feels that this endowment is a fitting tribute to this exceptional professor, academic leader and mentor, whose energy and passion in his professional work contributed so much to so many.

The Dr. Yong H. Cho Endowed Fund in Public Administration and Urban Studies is designated for the sole purpose of supporting the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies at The University of Akron. Annual income from this endowment will be distributed at the discretion of the department chair. This funding may be used for, but not limited to, graduate fellowships and resources for faculty and students in support of the missions of the department as it evolves over time. 

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