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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Rogers, June Thomas International Student Fund

The June Thomas Rogers International Student Fund was established in 1995 for the purpose of 1) encouraging new international students to pursue degree studies at The University of Akron and 2) rewarding continuing international students. All international students who make first-time applications to The University of Akron for undergraduate degree studies and who demonstrate interest in the scholarship will be considered for the scholarships. However, preference will be given to students who demonstrate the following criteria: commitment to returning to the home country and using knowledge gained at UA for the development of the home country, the chosen field of study is underrepresented within international students, gender is underrepresented among UA international students, and student's potential for disseminating knowledge to a wide audience upon return to the home country.

International students already pursuing undergraduate degree studies at The University of Akron can apply for an outstanding international student scholarship. These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the students' work in building "bridges" between U.S. and international students on the UA campus, achievement of academic excellence, and need, as well as the criteria listed above for new international student scholarships.

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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