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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Schidel, Thomas R. Scholarship Fund in Engineering

The Thomas R. Schidel Scholarship Fund in Engineering was established in 2013 by Mr. Tom Schidel, a 1950 graduate of The University of Akron with a degree in mechanical engineering. Mr. Schidel launched a successful career in rotational molding after graduating from the University. He was instrumental in developing Rubbermaid's first rotational molding manufacturing plants in California, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, and Canada. In 1967, Mr. Schidel co-founded Rotocast Plastics Products, a plastics company that expanded to five locations before being sold in 1998. Mr. Schidel remains active as a beneficial owner of GSC Industries Inc. In 1998, Mr. Schidel was inducted into the Rotational Molding hall of Fame.

The University of Akron College of Engineering honored Mr. Schidel as its Outstanding Alumnus in 2010. He has been a generous benefactor to the University, providing support of the Student Design Center in the College of Engineering. The Thomas R. Schidel Conference Room is named in his honor.

The Thomas R. Schidel Scholarship(s) will be awarded to students enrolled in the College of Engineering who evidence academic success and financial need. The award amount will be determined on an annual basis, based on funds available. Scholarship recipients will be determined by the Financial Aid Committee with the College of Engineering.           

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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