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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Graduate African Students Fund

The Graduate African Students Fund was initiated in 2014 by Dr. Chris Opoku-Agyeman. While serving as an adjunct professor at the Department of Business Technology and Management Studies, Dr. Opoku-Agyeman saw strong financial need exhibited by international students arriving from Africa.

The goal of this fund is to provide needy African students with the opportunity to access financial support from The University of Akron through a fund provided by external donors from across the country.

Funds contributed to The Graduate African Students Fund will be awarded to graduate students in need who meet the fund criteria. Potential candidates must be natural citizens of Africa enrolled as full-time graduate students at The University of Akron with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Fund dollars may be used to support assistantships, tuition, fees, books, housing and meal plans.

Applications will be reviewed by a permanent committee chaired by Dr. Raymond Cox Ill and Dr. Chris Opoku-Agyeman.

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