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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Deitchman, Dr. Robert Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Robert Deitchman Memorial Scholarship Fund was created through the generosity of the family and friends of Dr. Robert Deitchman. Dr. Deitchman, a former University of Akron professor in the School of Social Work, was committed to justice, equality, and community activism. To honor a lifetime of social involvement, The Dr. Robert Deitchman Memorial Scholarship Fund will be made available to African-American students pursuing a career in social work. The scholarship recipients must be entering their senior year and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all social work classes. Additionally, the scholarships will be equally distributed to a female and male student; if a male student is not selected, the scholarships will be awarded to two female students; and if this arrangement is not possible, no scholarships will be awarded until either the first or second criteria are met. Any change in the distribution of funds will be determined by Mrs. Deitchman. The recipients of The Dr. Robert Deitchman Memorial Scholarship Fund will be determined by Mrs. Deitchman or her appointed representative, along with the chair of the School of Social Work and the special assistant to the president of the Office of Campus Diversity.

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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