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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Race to the Finish Line Scholarship Fund

Dennis and Cindy Mitchell established The Race to the Finish Line Scholarship Fund at The University of Akron in December 2014. The Mitchells' affinity for the University and a belief in the importance of higher education led them to create the award. The fund will provide need-based academic awards for students, helping to reduce some financial burden as they work toward graduation.

Dennis and his wife, Cindy, have been associated with The University of Akron since Dennis was hired as head track and field coach more than 19 years ago. The Zips track and field program has achieved unprecedented success under Coach Mitchell’s leadership while Cindy has thrived in the accounting industry for more than 20 years. Cindy earned her accounting degree from The University of Akron College of Business Administration (CBA).

Deserving candidates for the fund will be full-time students who have completed at least 30 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better. Preference will be given to upperclassmen (juniors and seniors), as well as those enrolled in the CBA. Special consideration will be given to students who are Pell Grant eligible at the $1,000 and below level. The University of Akron Scholarship Committee, in consultation with the Office of Student Financial Aid, will select award recipients.

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