Named scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.

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

How do I apply for a scholarship?

This is not the page to apply for scholarships.

Students who want to apply for scholarships should visit the scholarship page on the Financial Aid site.

The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships. Scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Cianciola, Donato North High School Scholarship

Donato "Danny" Francesco Cianciola was born June 16, 1931, to immigrant parents. He worked hard both in school and later with his father’s Italian grocery business, Frank Cianciola and Son. His mother believed in education and made him promise that he would go to college. She passed away in 1946 when Danny was only 15. In 1947, he graduated second in his class from North High School. He graduated from The University of Akron with a bachelor of science in business administration in 1953, fulfilling his parent's dream for him.

Over the years, Danny continued to build the business begun by his father. He carried with him the lessons he learned from watching his parents struggle through the Depression. Danny demonstrated an excellent work ethic, charitable customer relations, and the nurturing of Italian traditions passed down from father to son. Danny was dedicated to his family, his church, and his community. He never lost his appreciation for education. He believed that an education was necessary to being successful in life.

This scholarship was established by Susan Macko Cianciola to honor the memory of her husband and the principles that he held dear. Through this scholarship, she hopes to encourage other students from North High School to strive for excellence in their studies and to further their education in college.

The Donato Cianciola North High School Scholarship is to be awarded to one female and one male student from North High School who are attending The University of Akron Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences. Preference is to be given to students who have achieved a 3.5 GPA or better in high school. If no students meet the criteria, the scholarship may be awarded to a student with a 3.0 GPA or higher. The recipient will be chosen by the Financial Aid Office.

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