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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Kucheman and Varvaro Scholarship in Electrical Engineering

Kent M. Kucheman and Joe Varvaro, University of Akron electrical engineering graduates in the class of 1949, formed a highly respected electrical engineering consulting firm in 1953. For more than 35 years, they provided electrical design services and construction documents for hundreds of projects in the Northeastern Ohio area, including many buildings on The University of Akron campus. Their reputation for quality design and business integrity earned their firm the respect of owners, architects, and contractors throughout the area. Now retired, their legacy and dedication to service continue at the present-day firm of Peters, Tschantz, and Bandwen Inc., 481 North Cleveland-Massillon Road in Akron, Ohio. Their engineering staff consists principally of University of Akron BSEE graduates. 

The Kucheman and Varvaro Scholarship in Electrical Engineering is to be awarded to students in electrical engineering having a GPA of 3.00 or higher. Preference shall be given to a co-op student with an interest in consulting who intends to become licensed in the state of Ohio as a professional engineer upon graduation. Selection of the recipient shall be made by the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering in consultation with the director of engineering co-op. The recipient may be awarded the scholarship in succeeding years until graduation, providing his or her GPA remains above 3.00.

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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