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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Weigand, Rose Mary Endowed Scholarship

The Rose Mary Weigand Endowed Scholarship was created in 2017 through a pledged bequest directed to The University of Akron Foundation.  Ms. Weigand, a native of Barberton Ohio, received her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from The University of Akron in 1972, and her master’s degree in business administration from Baldwin Wallace College in 1978.  Her career goals covered a wide range of business-related work experiences throughout northeast Ohio. Ms. Weigand was most proud of her position as Senior Director of Human Resources at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. After her retirement from the Clinic in 2006, Ms. Weigand began working part-time at The University of Akron’s Department of Human Resources and enjoyed that job immensely for many years. 

The Rose Mary Weigand Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to full-time undergraduate students with a 3.0 (or better) GPA enrolled in a STEM or healthcare program. Applicants must also exhibit enthusiasm and commitment to education and community service.  Financial need and family responsibilities are also important considerations. The scholarship, which may include assistance with emergency situations, is intended to relieve a portion of the financial hardship of students working and paying their own way while completing their degrees.  Administration of the scholarship will be determined by UA’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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