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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MacDonald, Levi A. Memorial Fund in Civil Engineering

The Levi A. MacDonald Memorial Fund in Civil Engineering was established in 1994 in the will of Levi A. MacDonald in appreciation for his education at The University of Akron. Levi came to the University from his home in Massachusetts. He was an active participant in campus life, graduating in 1926. His education and the friends he made while attending the University served him well for a lifetime. 

The scholarship is to be awarded to a sophomore student majoring in civil engineering at The University of Akron and is renewable until the undergraduate degree is completed. Selection of award is based on financial need and academic achievement, with primary consideration given to students participating in the Honors Program. Scholarship recipients must continue pursuing a degree in the civil engineering department and maintain a GPA of 3.20. 

The award is above and beyond the honor scholarship award, or any other scholarship, up to the full expense of tuition, books, and fees. Selection to be made by the Department of Civil Engineering, and the funds administered by the Office of Financial Aid

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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