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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AmTrust Scholarship in Insurance

AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (New York City), a multinational property and casualty insurer specializing in coverage for small to mid-sized businesses, offers its clients a balanced portfolio of niche insurance products that has resulted in the company’s rapid growth.  With a large operations hub in Northeast Ohio, the company offers exciting careers for college graduates, as well as career-changing adults.  These include many AmTrust job opportunities reflecting the use of technology, data-analytics and creative approaches to marketplace needs in a fast-moving business environment. 

The AmTrust Scholarship in Insurance will be offered to University of Akron students, signaling the company’s commitment to varied facets of risk and insurance and preparation for insurance industry careers.  The AmTrust Scholarship in Insurance is established for undergraduate degree candidates at The University of Akron.

  • Candidates are welcome to apply for The AmTrust Scholarship in Insurance from any University of Akron college, including students with a declared undergraduate major in finance, risk management, economics, statistics (actuarial science), accounting, business analytics, management information systems and other related disciplines or other courses of study that reflect aspects of the insurance industry’s core functional needs.
  • Candidates should be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors with a 2.8 GPA or higher.
  • Equal preference is given to students of all ages so that returning adults and career changing adults have an opportunity to access AmTrust Scholarship distributions.
  • All University of Akron colleges as well as the Office of Student Financial Aid will receive notice of The AmTrust Scholarship in Insurance for promotion to prospective candidates.
  • Applications must be submitted to The College of Business Administration’s Scholarship Committee by May 15 with confirmation of GPA standing.
  • Application requirements also include a paragraph of 500 words or less stating why a student has chosen their course of study, with affirmation that they are, without obligation, willing to meet representatives from AmTrust to learn more about the company.
  • The College of Business Administration’s scholarship committee will choose recipients who best fit the intentions of AmTrust from among the applicants regardless of major (and university college affiliation).
  • The scholarship can be renewed in whole or in part for one successive year, which will require a new application as set forth above. Renewal decisions will be determined by the scholarship committee.
  • The maximum amount of a scholarship distribution in any year is $2,500 per student. Scholarship distributions will be applied directly to the recipient’s student account for tuition and fees, and be subject to University of Akron policies on scholarships.

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