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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Rennie, Charles Norris Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Charles Norris Rennie Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in tribute to Mr. Rennie’s commitment to The University of Akron and to Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Mr. Rennie graduated from the University in 1948 and was a member of the Ohio Epsilon Chapter of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. During his life, he continued an involvement with the University and his fraternity. The Charles Norris Rennie Memorial Scholarship recipients will be active members of any local or national University of Akron Greek society (fraternity or sorority) that is pledged alcohol-free and in good standing with the University and the society's national headquarters. Additionally, the recipient(s) of the scholarship will be in good standing at the University and the local society, hold a GPA of 3.0, and serve as an example of moral rectitude as defined by his or her local chapter.

Recipients of The Charles Norris Rennie Memorial Scholarship Fund will be selected by The University of Akron Scholarship Committee from recommendations provided by the Senior Student Affairs Officer in coordination with the Office of Greek Affairs. Scholarships will be awarded by the Scholarship Committee each year as the funds become available at no less than $500 for each scholarship.

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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