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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Rakas, Professor Emeritus Albert S. Scholarship

The Professor Emeritus Albert S. Rakas Scholarship is a fund established in 1989 by Margaret Rakas and friends in memory of her husband, Albert S. Rakas. Dean Rakas had a 28-year distinguished career in the United States Army. After retirement from the Army as a Colonel, Dean Rakas came to the School of Law in 1971 as associate professor and director of Clinical Education. In 1974 he became associate dean and in 1976 was promoted to professor. He served as interim dean of the school from 1979-81 and then resumed his position as associate dean until his retirement in 1984. Because of his outstanding contributions to the School of Law, the title of Professor of Law Emeritus was bestowed on Dean Rakas at the time of his retirement. This scholarship is to be awarded to an evening law student who demonstrates financial need, as determined by the dean of the School of Law.

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