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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Northeast Ohio Community Education Foundation Scholarship Fund

In 2013, Drs. Geneva M. and O. Rex Damron established The Northeast Ohio Community Education Foundation Scholarship Fund to support college scholarships and other educational enhancements for economically underprivileged students. The Damrons were inspired to combat the issue of many students dropping out and never finishing their dream of a college education because they lack financial aid.

The Northeast Ohio Community Education Foundation Scholarship Fund seeks to ensure that deserving students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend The University of Akron now will get the chance to achieve their full potential.

An award of $1,000 will be provided to students who demonstrate financial need. Additionally, the candidate(s) must have a 2.8 GPA or better. Applicants must have junior or senior classification. Preference will be given to Hispanic students.

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