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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Elliott, Frederick W. Scholarship for Men’s Soccer

The Frederick W. Elliott Scholarship for Men’s Soccer was established in 2018 by Fred Elliott, a 1987 graduate of The University of Akron College of Engineering, and an avid and loyal fan of the Zips Men’s Soccer program since 2009.  As one of the program’s longest-serving season ticket holder, Mr. Elliott is a familiar face around First Energy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field.  He also supports the team on the road during regular and post-season matches, and has attended all of the team’s College Cup appearances, including the 2010 National Championship, with the exception of the 1986 appearance while he was a UA student.

The Frederick W. Elliott Scholarship for Men’s Soccer will provide support to a UA Men’s Soccer student-athlete, who preferably pursues a degree in engineering, while maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher. If no such candidate exists, the recipient may be pursuing another STEM degree, while maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher. If neither exists, the scholarship will support a men’s soccer student-athlete demonstrating leadership and dedication on and off the field, while maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher in any program offered at the University. Annual award selection will be made by the head Men’s Soccer coach. 

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