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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Wilson III, Dr. Charles W. Memorial Scholarship in Physics

The Dr. Charles W. Wilson III Memorial Scholarship in Physics was established in 2012 by the Wilson family and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP), in memory of Dr. Charles Woodson Wilson III.

Following industrial research work at Texaco and Union Carbide, Dr. Wilson came to The University of Akron in 1965 as professor and head of the Physics Department, a position he held for 19 years. He also became professor of Polymer Science in 1967, when the Department of Polymer Science was created. Dr. Wilson retired from The University of Akron in 1989.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in engineering physics in 1947 and earned a graduate degree in physics in 1948. He received his Ph.D. in physics in June 1952 from the Washington University (St. Louis).

Dr. Wilson authored and co-authored a number of research papers on NMR and EPR Spectroscopy of Polymers. He was a co-founder and longtime executive member of the Akron Physics Club.

The Dr. Charles W. Wilson III Memorial Scholarship in Physics was established to support full-time, undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA who are majoring in physics and have completed at least one year of the physics curriculum. The recipients of this scholarship will be selected by the Department of Physics in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences in cooperation with the Office of Student Financial Aid. Applicants/recipients of this scholarship are strongly encouraged to attend meetings of the Akron Physics Club and support the Scientists for Social Responsibility, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and other similar organizations. Honoring Dr. Wilson's commitment to gender equality in the sciences, women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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