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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GPD Civil Engineering Scholarship Program

The GPD Civil Engineering Scholarship Program is sponsored by GPD Associates in Akron, Ohio. The scholarship provides a $3,000 tuition award for freshman and sophomore years and paid employment the summer before and the intervening summer. The focus of the program is on students who will be pursuing a program of study in civil engineering at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. The student will be a paid participant in The University of Akron College of Engineering Civil Co-op Program at GPD Associates during the course of his/her civil engineering curriculum. Preference will be given to minority candidates. In addition, the student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident/national, have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or better, excel in mathematics and sciences at the high school level, and be fully accepted at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, as a full-time civil engineering degree-seeking freshman in the fall. Candidates must be nominated by a counselor, math teacher, science teacher, or pre-engineering teacher from their high school. Counselors and/or teachers should submit nominations to GPD.

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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