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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Swagelok Engineering Scholarship

Recognizing that exceptional engineering students are competitively recruited by universities, The Swagelok Engineering Scholarship was established in January 2011 with a challenge grant from The Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust to help attract and retain an elite-caliber of talented engineering students at The University of Akron.

Students will be considered for The Swagelok Engineering Scholarship if they are either incoming or currently enrolled as full-time students in the College of Engineering, with a prefererence to those who have declared a major in mechanical or corrosion and reliability engineering. To be eligible, incoming freshman students must have a minimum SAT composite test score of 2040 with a minimum score of 700 in math or an ACT composite score of 31 with a minimum of 30 in math, as well as a high school cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better. Transfer students and currently enrolled students in the College of Engineering must offer a minumum of 3.8 GPA to be considered for The Swagelok Engineering Scholarship. Swagelok Engineering Scholars must participate in co-operative education or internship programs.

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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