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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Arshinkoff, Alex R. Internship in Applied Politics

The Alex R. Arshinkoff Internship in Applied Politics, established in 1995, provides financial support to selected student interns placed in the Summit County Republican Headquarters by the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron. This endowed fund honors Alex R. Arshinkoff, a protegee of the late Ray C. Bliss, for service to his party on the local, state, and national levels. Mr. Arshinkoff has served as chairman of the Summit County Republican Party since 1978, has been a member of the Ohio Republican State Central and Executive Committee since 1988, and has attended every National Republican Convention since 1976. He also was a member of the George Bush for President National Steering Committee. Mr. Arshinkoff has been a member of the Summit County Board of Elections since 1978. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, The University of Akron, in 1992 and has been chairman of the board since 1997. Mr. Arshinkoff is president of Arshinkoff and Associates, a political consulting and governmental relations firm.

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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