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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Nettling, Henry “Hank” Endowed Scholarship in Accounting

The Henry “Hank” Nettling Endowed Scholarship in Accounting was created in 2002 through contributions from friends and relatives in honor of Henry “Hank” Nettling, vice president emeritus for business and finance upon his retirement after 38 years of dedicated service to The University of Akron; and upon being conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of distinguished leadership and service to the University through the promotion of sound business and financial policies and practices. Hank is an alumnus of the University, receiving his BSBA in accounting in 1959.

The scholarship is awarded by the Accounting Department in the College of Business Administration, in collaboration with the Office of Student Financial Aid, to a full-time junior accounting student maintaining a 3.0-3.5 GPA. The recipient will receive half of the award in the fall term and the remaining half in the spring term. The student must have financial need, yet not be eligible for grant assistance from state or federal need-based programs. The scholarship can be awarded through the recipient’s senior year if applicable. Memorial contributions are welcome.

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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