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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Gorazde International Student Fund

The Gorazde International Student Fund was established in 1997 in memory of every innocent child and young person who lost their lives in the ethnic conflict in the Canton of Gorazde, Bosnia, between 1992 and 1995. The purpose of the scholarship award is to encourage Bosnian students at The University of Akron (1) to pursue degree studies that include an emphasis on the prevention, management, and creative use of conflict and strategies to resolve disputes, and (2) to reward continuing students who demonstrate an interest in conflict resolution.

All Bosnian students will be considered for scholarship support. However, preference will be given to students who demonstrate: A commitment to returning to Bosnia and using knowledge gained during their studies for the development of Bosnia. The potential for sharing this knowledge to a wide audience upon returning to Bosnia.

In addition to other course work, the recipient is encouraged to pursue certification from the Center for Conflict Management at The University of Akron. The award is open to members of all ethnic groups living in Bosnia.

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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