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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HMK Scholarship Award for Women in Engineering

The HMK Scholarship Award for Women in Engineering was established to support women interested in pursuing a career in the engineering field. As a graduate from The University of Akron’s College of Engineering, the donor appreciates the quality of the engineering program and understands the importance of supporting females in engineering.

The scholarship provides one undergraduate scholarship award annually, as determined by the donor, to a deserving woman pursuing a degree in engineering. The requirements for this award are demonstration of financial need and the completion of at least 32 credit hours. In addition to intellect, a career in engineering requires attributes such as creativity and having a sense for the human factor. Each year, at the discretion of the donor, a scholarship will be awarded to the woman who best demonstrates these qualities. Students interested in being considered for The HMK Scholarship Award must complete an application and submit an essay that reflects the previously mentioned attributes. The HMK Scholarship recipient will be selected by The HMK Scholarship Committee. The HMK Scholarship application form and essay topic may be revised on a yearly basis.

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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