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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Office of Multicultural Development Book Scholarship

The Office of Multicultural Development Book Scholarship was initiated in 2003 from contributions received through the first annual Office of Multicultural Development’s Awards Dinner. The purpose of the dinner is to publicly acknowledge the achievements and contributions of University of Akron students and alumni representing diverse populations. Additionally, individuals, organizations, or agencies external to the University are honored for impacting the lives of students of color at the University. The event emphasizes the importance of academic excellence, civic responsibility, and the impact of educational diversity. The funds generated from this event provide scholarship assistance to deserving students enrolled in a program offered through the Office of Multicultural Development.

In awarding the scholarships, a selection committee comprised of the Office of Multicultural Development staff and a selected staff member from the Financial Aid office will consider students based on socioeconomic factors, full-time enrollment status, and GPA. Continuing students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and first-year students must have a minimum 2.3 high school GPA.

Each recipient’s academic progress will be reviewed at the end of the semester. If the full-time enrollment status is not met, students will be required to return the scholarship funds dispersed. Failure to do so will result in a financial hold on the student’s account.

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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