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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Sloe, Jennifer Lynn Scholarship in Psychology

The Jennifer Lynn Sloe Scholarship in Psychology was established in December 2011 in loving memory of Jennifer Lynn (Jen) Sloe by her family and friends. Jen Sloe was a student at The University of Akron, named to The University of Akron Dean’s List and near completing a degree in psychology, when she passed away. She enjoyed performing for others with her talent for music, acting, and comedy and was known for her unforgettable laugh.

The Jennifer Lynn Sloe Scholarship in Psychology will be awarded to an upper-level student majoring in psychology at The University of Akron who has:

  • Successfully completed at least 60 credits at the University and at least 16 hours in psychology
  • An overall GPA of 3.25
  • Demonstrated financial need

One student will be selected each year that funding is available by the chair of the Psychology Department, in consultation with Mrs. Diane Sloe or another family member designated by Mrs. Sloe.

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