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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Jones, Solomon H. and Audrey L. Scholarship in Accounting

The Solomon H. and Audrey L. Jones Scholarship in Accounting, which seeks to promote diversity in the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy, was established by Mr. and Mrs. Jones as a non-endowed scholarship in January 2016.

Audrey Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts in child and family development from The University of Akron in 1990 and continued her education at Andersonville Theological Seminary, where she obtained a master's degree in pastoral counseling and a doctor of ministry.

Solomon H. Jones is vice president, controller of The J. M. Smucker Company, a leading manufacturer of food products, located in Orrville, Ohio. He has 25 years of experience in consumer packaged goods, including operations, system implementations, sales and marketing, and financial reporting and regulatory compliance. Also an alumnus of The University of Akron, Solomon earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting in 1989.

The Solomon H. and Audrey L. Jones Scholarship in Accounting will be awarded to graduates of public high schools in Akron or Cleveland. However, students from other school systems in Ohio may be considered if no student from Akron/Cleveland public schools can be identified for the scholarship. Candidates must be an underrepresented minority; full-time sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy; and maintain a GPA of 2.7 or higher. The School of Accountancy's Scholarship Committee will select students for the award, which will be presented annually at the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy Awards Banquet.

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