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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Rupert, Dr. Timothy J. Residence Life Scholarship

The Dr. Timothy J. Rupert Residence Life Scholarship was established in 2018 by Dr. Timothy Rupert, a native of Massillon, Ohio. Dr. Rupert attended The University of Akron, where he earned two degrees in accounting -- a bachelor’s and a master’s in taxation -- before receiving his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University.  He has been a member of the faculty at Northeastern University (Boston, MA) in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business since 1992.  Dr. Rupert is widely published in the area of the thought processes of taxpayers and tax practitioners.  His research focuses on using behavioral methodologies to examine the impact of tax system structure changes on decision-making and fairness perceptions. Dr. Rupert has received the Beta Gamma Sigma Teacher of the Year Award several times while at Northeastern and was named the Outstanding Educator by the Massachusetts Society of CPAs. 

While enrolled at The University of Akron, Dr. Rupert was active as an Honors student and in the Residence Life and Housing Program. A series of outstanding experiences through these campus organizations prompted him to establish The Timothy J. Rupert Endowed Scholarship Fund in Accounting and The Dr. Timothy J. Rupert Residence Life Scholarship.

The Dr. Timothy J. Rupert Residence Life Scholarship was established to support full-time undergraduate student(s) serving on the Residence Hall Council (RHC), Residence Hall Program Board (RHPB) or hall government.  The qualifying student(s) must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, be in good academic standing and display leadership, compassion and excellence within the University community. The scholarship will be applied to the recipient’s student account.

Selection of candidates will be made by the Associate Director of Residence Life Activities and shared with Dr. Rupert for final consultation.  Should Dr. Rupert be unavailable, the Associate Director of Residence Life Activities will select the recipient.

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