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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Chihuly, Dale Polymer Sculpture Fund

A unique opportunity exists at The University of Akron through the creation of a historic and original piece of outdoor art designed by glass master Dale Chihuly and funded by The Dale Chihuly Polymer Sculpture Fund. Appropriate for Akron, the artist has been engaged in conversations to create an innovative sculpture of polymer materials. Global recognition is anticipated because of the extent of Chihuly’s popularity as a contemporary artist and the excitement of producing a major outdoor work of polymer materials. Traditionally, Chihuly’s medium is glass. The proposed site for the sculpture is an existing 60-foot diameter grassy circle between the Goodyear Polymer Center and Guzzetta Hall. The location is centrally placed at the heart of the west entrance to the University’s campus, bordering downtown Akron.

The Dale Chihuly Polymer Sculpture at The University of Akron will be only the third installation by the artist in the state of Ohio. The sculpture will advance the image and understanding of the uses of polymers and will initiate an unparalleled opportunity for recognition in the polymer realm, as well as in the fine arts community.

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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