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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Cameos of Caring Endowed Scholarship

At the initiative of Dean Cynthia Flynn Capers, The University of Akron’s College of Nursing launched a regional event on November 16, 2002, designed to help retain current nurses and recruit new nursing students to the profession by enhancing the image of nursing by publicly honoring outstanding nurses. As part of its Campaign for Nursing’s Future, Johnson & Johnson, wishing to address the key issues causing the nursing shortage, invested in the effort by serving as the Presenting Sponsor. Akron General Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, and Summa Health System collaborated on the implementation of the event and served as co-sponsoring hospitals. Additionally, Barberton Citizens Hospital and Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital demonstrated their support by participating in the program.

In general, funds in The Cameos of Caring Endowed Scholarship are to be placed in an endowed account, and only the interest will be disbursed, according to University policy. However, upon written instructions from the dean of the College of Nursing to the treasurer of The University of Akron Foundation, up to an additional 5 percent of the principal also may be made available for disbursement in any one year.

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