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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Kopy, Vincent P. Scholarship Fund

The Vincent P. Kopy Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 by former students of Vincent P. Kopy in sincere appreciation for the support and guidance that he gave them while at The University of Akron. In addition to traditional instruction in the area of accounting, Mr. Kopy extended his lessons beyond the classroom to encourage student participation in college activities, student associations, and professional internships. Vincent P. Kopy took a personal interest in the lives of his students and encouraged them to reach their full potential. His former students wish to provide this scholarship as a tribute to the leadership and life skills he gave them. The Vincent P. Kopy Scholarship recipient(s) will be at the junior or senior level and enrolled in the College of Business Administration, pursuing a degree in accounting. First consideration will go to students who demonstrate strong interest and participation in student organizations, particularly Beta Alpha Psi, Accounting Association, and Toastmasters. The Kopy Scholar(s) should maintain a 3.0 GPA. Grade point average is of secondary importance to participation in student organizations.

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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