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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Hlivko, Barbara P. Athletic Fund

Established in 2004 by Barbara P. Hlivko, a 1978 graduate of The University of Akron, The Barbara P. Hlivko Athletic Fund will provide financial assistance for various men’s and women’s athletic programs. As a young girl, Barbara was inspired by her father’s love and devotion to Zips athletics when she often accompanied him to games at Buchtel Field. Through the years, the spirit of athletics at The University of Akron grew to be an integral part of her own life as she became a devote supporter and advocate for many of the University’s athletic programs. A fixture at Zips sporting events, Barbara’s knowledge of and dedication to the Zips truly makes her one of the most endearing fans and supporters to The University of Akron.

It is Ms. Hlivko’s intention that The Barbara P. Hlivko Athletic Fund be used for athletic programs for the purposes of supporting and building quality Division I programs, including, but not limited to, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and cross county, women’s volleyball, and riflery. In the event that additional athletic teams are added to The University of Akron’s athletics programs, support for said teams will be at the fund advisor’s discretion.

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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