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 the Department of Development at 330-972-7238. 

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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Hunsicker, Oscar A. Family Scholarship in Law

The Oscar A. Hunsicker Family Scholarship in Law commemorates the life and legal careers of three generations of University of Akron School of Law graduates: Judge Oscar A. Hunsicker Sr. (1898-1983); Oscar A. Hunsicker Jr. (1922-2010); and J. Bruce Hunsicker (1953-2010). Highly respected educators, attorneys, and legal representatives, the Hunsickers will live on in the hearts of their family, the community, and the School of Law.

The Oscar A. Hunsicker Family Scholarship in Law was announced at the May 28, 1981, commencement ceremony through a grant of $2,000 from the School of Law class of 1981. Since its founding, the scholarship has grown by the generosity of alumni, friends, and in particular, the Hunsicker family. The scholarship name was changed in 2010 to honor the legal legacy of Judge Oscar A. Hunsicker Sr.; his son, Oscar A. Hunsicker Jr.; and grandson J. Bruce Hunsicker.

The endowed scholarship fund provides tuition assistance to deserving students enrolled in good standing in the School of Law on the basis of financial need, leadership capability, academic achievement, and professional bearing. The award(s) will be determined upon recommendation of the School of Law Scholarship Committee.

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.

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