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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Anastos, George and Angelica Endowed Scholarship

The George and Angelica Anastos Endowed Scholarship was established at The University of Akron in September 2017 by Dr. George Anastos.  The scholarship will support undergraduate students demonstrating a strong work ethic and a commitment to the University.

Dr. Anastos earned his bachelor of science degree in biology from The University of Akron in 1942, graduating with distinction and being named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 1941.  As a UA student, he served as president of Alpha Sigma Omicron Fraternity (now known as Phi Sigma Kappa) and was inducted into several honorary and scholastic societies, including Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Sigma Alpha.  Dr. Anastos valued experiences beyond the classroom and was dedicated to his country, serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1942-1946. He also holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. Dr. Anastos and Angelica met in Cambridge, Mass., and were married September 8, 1946. 

Dr. Anastos has enjoyed a distinguished career in higher education and public service. He was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 1958 and previously served as zoology department head at The University of Maryland from 1961-1968.  He served as director of the World Health Organization’s Regional Reference Center from 1970-1975 and Secretary General XV International Congress Entomology from 1975-1976.  Dr. Anastos previously served as editor of The Journal of Economic Entomology for 14 years.

The George and Angelica Anastos Endowed Scholarship provides scholarship assistance to an undergraduate student demonstrating outstanding personal characteristics, including a strong work ethic, dedication to service and a commitment to campus involvement.  The recipient will be an incoming or returning student with a 2.5 overall GPA or higher. Recipient selection will be made by the University of Akron’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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