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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Olsen, Arthur and Louise Student Investment Planning Competition

The Arthur and Louise Olsen Student Financial Planning Competition was established in 2004 by Bonnie Janelle in memory of her parents as a tribute to their collaboration as a couple in astute and sound investment planning practices. It is Mrs. Janelle’s desire to honor her parents in such a way that assists students in their academic pursuits through tuition assistance as they demonstrate creative yet practical applications of their knowledge in the area of investment planning.

The Arthur and Louise Olsen Student Investment Planning Competition is open to undergraduate students at The University of Akron who have completed the investments course (6400:343 or the equivalent). Students will be asked to analyze a case study (which will vary from year to year) and develop, based on the facts presented in the case study, a sound investment plan. Students will prepare an Investment Policy Statement and corresponding investment portfolio based on the case study. The student’s IPS and portfolio will be judged by a jury panel of investment and financial planning professionals representing the Department of Finance Advisory Board, with the winner(s) announced at the annual Department of Finance luncheon, held each April. The winner(s) will receive a tuition credit to be applied the following semester.

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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