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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Wassem, Hugo and Martha (HMW) Endowed Scholarship in Nursing

The Hugo and Martha Wassem (HMW) Endowed Scholarship in Nursing was established to honor our parents who raised five children, telling them that a good education was their "way up in life." Their children achieved nine college degrees following this advice.

These endowed scholarships are dedicated to helping RNs who graduated from the Aultman Hospital School of Nursing in Canton, Ohio. These scholarships are intended to provide these RNs with monetary assistance to cover up to six credit hours of tuition per semester to complete their BSN, MSN, or PhD in nursing.

  • This money is exclusively intended for graduates of Aultman Hospital School of Nursing in Canton, Ohio.
  • If no graduates from Aultman Hospital School of Nursing in Canton, Ohio, apply in a given semester, this money is retained with the HMW scholarship.
  • Aultman graduates who are completing their BSN degrees at The University of Akron and pursuing an MSN or PhD at UA may reapply for the scholarship each semester as long as they maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Candidates should submit an essay articulating their passion for the nursing profession and their need for the scholarship assistance. An interview process will take place with each candidate.  

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