Named Scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be the funds to do so.

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. And across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2013 was $35,200.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider establishing a scholarship at The University of Akron. Scholarships 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 Christine Curry in the Department of Development at 330-972-8614 or

Please note: All scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid. Students interested in applying for a scholarship may visit the Financial Aid webpage, call 330-972-7032, or e-mail The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships.

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S.T.R.I.V.E. Scholarship

The Success Through Resilience, Initiative, Values, and Endurance (S.T.R.I.V.E.) Scholarship was established in 2013 by College of Business Administration Honors Students at The University of Akron. Amber Kern, Jordan Pana, and Liz Weber had the desire to help fellow students who, because of financial difficulties, are unable to finish their degrees. The founding students wish to support the efforts of other hardworking students toward degree completion just as they had been supported by others throughout their educational career.

The donated funds for the S.T.R.I.V.E Scholarship will offer assistance to deserving students enrolled at The University of Akron College of Business Administration and majoring in business. The recipients must demonstrate persistence toward completing their degrees and financial need for the scholarship. Students who have completed 100 credit hours or more and have a minimum GPA of 2.8 are eligible to apply.

The College of Business Administration Scholarship Selection Committee will select recipients. The Committee will consider several factors, such as financial need, credit hours completed, and GPA, with consideration given to each student’s individual situation.

Note for students interested in applying for a scholarship: The Department of Development at The University of Akron does not accept applications for, or distribute, scholarships.

For information on how to apply for a scholarship, please visit UA's Office of Student Financial Aid page. You may also call the Financial Aid Office at 330-972-7032 or email them at


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