Honors College scholarship opportunities The Williams Honors College logo at The University of Akron

The Williams Honors College awards renewable Honors scholarships based on an applicant's academic qualifications. The awards typically range from $1,000 to $1,500 per year.


Every applicant to the Honors College is considered for an honors scholarship award. No additional application need be completed other than the application to join the Honors College.

TIP: Students should also complete the New Freshman Private (Endowed) Scholarship Application and to review additional scholarship information available through the Office of Student Financial Aid to be considered for non-honors scholarships as well.


  • Jan. 4 — Deadline for prestigious scholarship consideration
  • Apr 1 — Deadline for scholarship consideration

Award and renewal

An Honors scholarship is in addition to other academic scholarships awarded at The University of Akron, including the Presidential Scholarship.

An honors student at Akron who earned a scholarshipTo receive an Honors scholarship in any given semester, a student must be enrolled in a bachelor's degree program for a minimum of 12 credits. Honors scholarships are renewed annually, without reapplication, if the student maintains a sufficient cumulative grade-point average:

  • after completing one year of college: 3.25 or higher
  • after completing two years of college: 3.30 or higher
  • after completing three years of college: 3.40 or higher

A student must earn a 3.4 or higher GPA upon graduation in order to be a Williams Honors Scholar and have the notation added to their transcript.

Transfer and continuing students

Transfer students, non-traditional applicants, and continuing undergraduates at UA who apply to the Honors College are considered for scholarships case by case.


Honors Housing Award from the Herman M. Muehlstein Fund for Scholastic Aid

Provides $2,000 per year for housing, available for a student's first two years.

Lisle M. Buckingham/Owen O. and Della M. Orr Honors Scholarship

A student who receives financial aid at UAThe most prestigious honors scholarship, the Lisle M. Buckingham/Owen O. and Della M. Orr Honors Scholarship, consists of tuition, fees, and room and board, for up to eight semesters of an Honors student's academic program.

Each year, about six new awards are made to well-rounded applicants with high test scores.

Please note:

The recipients for the Buckingham/Orr Honors Scholarship have been selected for 2021.

Contact us & more

For admissions questions

Sarah Psihountakis
Associate Director of Admissions

Contact the Honors College

Phone: 330-972-7966
Email: honors@uakron.edu
Address: 180 S. College St.
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325–1803
(see on campus map)