Named Scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be the funds to do so.

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. And across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2013 was $35,200.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider establishing a scholarship at The University of Akron. Scholarships 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. 

Please note: All scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid. Students interested in applying for a scholarship may visit the Financial Aid webpage, call 330-972-7032, or e-mail The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships.

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Mears Group Inc. and NACE International Foundation Scholarship for Corrosion and Reliability Engineering

The Mears Group Inc. and NACE International Foundation Scholarship for Corrosion and Reliability Engineering is funded by gifts from Mears Group Inc. through the NACE International Foundation.

Founded in 1970, Mears Group Inc. is an international engineering and construction company that offers pipeline-related services. Both Mears Group Inc. and the NACE International Foundation are dedicated to protecting the environment, promoting public safety, and reducing the economic impact of corrosion by advancing the knowledge of corrosion prevention and control.

Eligible recipients will be full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Engineering with a declared major in corrosion and reliability engineering (CAREs). Students receiving the scholarship may be either incoming or currently enrolled and must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, making progress toward completion of their engineering degree. Students are expected to display leadership qualities, be self-motivated, have interest in corrosion protection industries, and be willing to participate in cooperative education or internship programs. Students may receive a maximum of four Mears Group Inc. and NACE International Foundation scholarships during the course of their undergraduate studies.

Note for students interested in applying for a scholarship: The Department of Development at The University of Akron does not accept applications for, or distribute, scholarships.

For information on how to apply for a scholarship, please visit UA's Office of Student Financial Aid page.

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