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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Tudor, Brenda K. Endowed Scholarship

The Brenda K. Tudor Endowed Scholarship was established in 2017 by Dr. Jarrod Tudor, dean of The University of Akron Wayne College. This endowed scholarship honors his beloved mother, Brenda K. Tudor. Brenda was born in 1944 in Carter County, Ky., her family later moving to Columbus, Ohio, in 1953. Brenda was a gifted student, a talent recognized by her third grade teacher, Mrs. Johnson, who helped her immensely. Brenda became the first in her family to graduate from high school and college, earning a scholarship to attend The Ohio State University where she graduated in 1966. She obtained a master’s degree from Ohio State in 1972.

Brenda taught high school social studies, English, and ESL, during two different periods of her life. Her first tenure in the classroom was during the 1960s at Watkins Memorial High School in Pataskala, Ohio, and later at Franklin Heights High School in Columbus. Between these periods, Brenda spent nearly 20 years in the business world as a corporate credit manager for various firms, including Gulf Oil Company, Borden, and Lennox Industries. She retired from teaching in 2006. Brenda currently lives in Columbus and has three grown children and four grandchildren.

The Brenda K. Tudor Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to first-generation college students. If there are no eligible first-generation students, the scholarship will be awarded to students majoring in education. Eligible students must be enrolled full time at Wayne College with demonstrated financial need.

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