Named scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.

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

How do I apply for a scholarship?

This is not the page to apply for scholarships.

Students who want to apply for scholarships should visit the scholarship page on the Financial Aid site.

The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships. Scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Schuldiner, Aaron "Max" Holocaust Essay Award

This scholarship was established in memory of Aaron “Max” Schuldiner. Max Schuldiner was born in Poland in 1920. In 1939 when the Nazis invaded Poland, he, his parents, and his siblings were among the Jews who fled eastward, across the border to Russia. From there they were shipped to western Siberia, where Max worked in a labor camp. It was while in Russia that Max met another Jewish refugee, Toby Bier, who became his wife. After the war, the couple returned westward to Germany, where Max worked as a guard in a displaced persons camp, and they welcomed two sons, Michael and Stanley. In 1950, Max and his family came to the United States of America, where his son, Philip, was born. Max Schuldiner died in 2008. This award is given in memory of the many gifts his life gave to those who loved him. The Aaron “Max” Schuldiner Holocaust Essay Award honors those who did not survive the Holocaust.

As per the donor’s request, The Aaron “Max” Schuldiner Holocaust Essay Award will award $300 per year to a full-time University of Akron student who submits the winning essay about the Holocaust. Submissions will be judged annually in March and April by a panel of four judges: two University of Akron English Department faculty members selected by the donor and two members of The University of Akron Hillel Organization. In the absence of the donor, the two English Department judges will be selected by the Department’s Jewish Literature specialist. The due date for submissions will be the Friday of the second week in March. The award will be given at the English Department’s annual awards reception. This award may be used by the student for any purpose he/she chooses. If the judges deem no submission worthy of the award, an award will not be given that year.

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