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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Cianciola, Vincinzella Memorial Scholarship

The Vincinzella Cianciola Memorial Scholarship was established by a gift from her brother, Donato Cianciola, to commemorate his sister’s love for teaching and her appreciation of the education she received. The Cianciola’s deeply valued education and wished to assist students who would one day be educators themselves. Ms. Cianciola was born in America in 1932 to Italian parents. She spoke only Italian until she began school. She was a good student. Her father’s hard work and success in his authentic Italian grocery stores allowed her to continue her education. Ms. Cianciola completed both her B.S. in education and her M.S. in education (1962 and 1967, respectively) at The University of Akron. She took her first teaching position at Holy Family, teaching there for one year. She then accepted a position as a teacher in the Akron Public School District, where she demonstrated a lifelong love for teaching young people. Her outstanding dedication to teaching touched the lives of many students over the years, creating an enthusiasm for learning. 

The Vincinzella Cianciola Memorial Scholarship will benefit a deserving student pursuing a degree in the College of Education. Selection of award recipients is to be made by the Office of Student Financial Aid, in concert with the dean of the College of Education.

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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