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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Chung, Dr. Benjamin and Jane Endowed Scholarship

The Dr. Benjamin and Jane Chung Endowed Scholarship was established in 2015 to provide meaningful financial assistance for University of Akron students working toward degrees in mechanical engineering.

Benjamin earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University. He joined UA as an assistant professor in 1969 and served as head of the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1984 to 1999. He was awarded the endowed Chair of the F. Theodore Harrington Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1993. Benjamin is a five-time recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the UA Board of Trustees. He also has received the Louis Hill Award from the College of Engineering and Outstanding Research Awards from both the College of Engineering and The University of Akron Alumni Association.

Additional honors for Benjamin include the Norbert Wiener Award from MCB University Press in London, England; Life Fellow from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Outstanding Alumni Award from the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan; Outstanding Reviewer for the Journal of Heat Transfer; Contribution and Board Space Act Award from NASA Glenn Research Center; and Lifetime Achievement Award from Tire Technology International.

Benjamin has served as associate editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer and as editorial advisory board member for John Wiley & Sons Inc. Currently, he is UA’s F. Theodore Harrington Professor Emeritus; director of the International Tire Mechanics Short Course; and an editorial board member of The Open Thermodynamics Journal, The International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, and The Open Conference Proceedings Journal.

Jane Chung holds a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Nazareth College in Kentucky and a Master of Science in foods and nutrition from Kent State University. She served as director of the Dietary Department at St. Thomas Hospital Medical Center from 1971 to 1989 and director of Dietary Services at The Briarwood Institution from 1991 to 2002, both in Akron. Retired from full-time work, she continues to serve as a dietitian consultant.

Applicants for The Dr. Benjamin and Jane Chung Endowed Scholarship must be enrolled full time in UA’s College of Engineering and pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. The scholarship recipient shall have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. The College of Engineering Scholarship Committee, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid, will select award recipients annually.

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