Named scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.

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

How do I apply for a scholarship?

This is not the page to apply for scholarships.

Students who want to apply for scholarships should visit the scholarship page on the Financial Aid site.

The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships. Scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Drake, Daniel Scholarship in School Administration

The Daniel Drake Scholarship in School Administration was established in 2006 by Dr. Daniel Drake. The award is given to a graduate student in The University of Akron's College of Education who is enrolled in the master's program and studying school administration. It is Dr. Drake’s intention that recipients should be descendants of slaves in the United States (trace family roots to slaves emancipated in 1865). Recipients will be selected by the Office of Student Financial Aid each year. 

An educator for more than 50 years, Dr. Drake graduated from The University of Akron with a doctorate in school administration in 1979. During his tenure as an educator, he served as a teacher, principal, school superintendent, college professor, and the founder of a Cleveland black school educators group. Dr. Drake established this scholarship to benefit students who are enrolled in the College of Education as a master’s candidate studying school administration.

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