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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Hoppe, David M. and Kathleen L. Endowed Scholarship

The David M. and Kathleen L. Hoppe Endowed Scholarship was established in 2016. David and Kathleen, having benefited greatly from their UA education, established this scholarship to help deserving students achieve their own dreams.

David M. Hoppe was raised in Akron and was the first in his family to attend The University of Akron, completing his degree requirements for a B.A.Ed. (social studies comprehensive) in 1980. David’s parents, along with his aunts, were raised in the Kenmore area of Akron. David self-financed his college education by working full time for Holiday Inns of Akron/Canton.  Upon graduation, David began a long and rewarding management career at the Bell System/AT&T. His most important and valued client during his career was The University of Akron.

Kathleen Linton Hoppe also was raised in Akron. She is the third generation of her family to attend The University of Akron.  She and David met while both were students at UA. She self-financed her education by working while attending college, graduating with a degree in business administration (marketing) in 1978. Recruited by B.F. Goodrich, she went on to work as a district sales manager for Columbus Coated Fabrics (Borden) and brand manager at Benchmark Wallcoverings (National Gypsum). Kathleen earned a master’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University in 1988.

Kathleen and David, both retired, made their home in Kenmore. Their son, Benjamin Lauer, graduated from Kenmore High School in 2008. Ben went on to attend The University of Akron Honors College (now The Williams Honors College), receiving a B.S. in accounting in 2012.

This annual scholarship is intended to provide support to an incoming freshman who graduated from Kenmore High School with a GPA of at least 2.75. Candidates must intend to pursue a degree in business, education or hospitality. Consideration should be given to individuals who are working either full or part time while pursuing their degree. Recipients will be nominated by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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