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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Anton, Arthur F. and Carol M. Scholarship Fund

The Arthur F. and Carol M. Anton Scholarship Fund has been established by Mr. Art Anton and Mrs. Carol Anton for the purpose of attracting and graduating highly qualified students from ethnically underrepresented groups, namely African-American, Hispanic and American Indian, to study engineering at The University of Akron. A student awarded with an Anton Scholarship will be provided with up to $6,000 during his/her first and second year at The University of Akron. At least five scholarships will be awarded annually to first-time freshman students.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements
To apply for this scholarship, a student must complete the Anton Scholarship Application form and provide the following information:

  • On a separate sheet of paper, write an essay (at least 500 words) describing: 1) why you intend to become an engineer, 2) your strengths and weaknesses, 3) why a scholarship award is important to you and why you should be considered to receive a scholarship, and 4) your school-related and non-related extracurricular activities and interests. The essay should be typed or neatly hand written.

  • Include two letters of references from former teachers, administrators or community leaders addressing your academic ability, character, reputation or professional aptitude.

 Selection decisions for the Anton Scholarship are based on the following criteria:

  • Contents of the application package, including the one essay and the two letters of recommendation;
  • Selection of engineering as the intended major and full-time status; and
  • Achieved academic excellence in high school. Preference will be given to students who meet direct admission requirements into the College of Engineering. Three of the following four criteria must be met to gain direct admission status:

    • Composite ACT 24 or higher AND Math ACT 24 or higher;
    • At least a 3.4 high school GPA;
    • Four years of math with at least trigonometry (B grade or higher in trig); and
    • One year of chemistry with at least a B average.

The Anton Scholarship may be renewed for one additional year, subject to the dean of Engineering’s requirements, if a student remains in good standing in the College of Engineering and is enrolled in an engineering degree program. The students awarded an Anton Scholarship are eligible to apply for a Minority Engineering Scholarship with the College of Engineering’s Increasing Diversity in Engineering Academics (IDEAs) program, beginning their junior year.

The students who receive and accept this award will be expected to meet with Mr. and Mrs. Anton during the first year and to register for the IDEAs Engineering Seminar during their first semester.

Administration of the Scholarship
The University of Akron College of Engineering's office and a designated scholarship committee shall have authority to select the scholarship recipient and to award and administer the scholarship.

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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