New Freshmen (2014-2015)

New freshmen students who meet the academic criteria for more than one university scholarship may be eligible to receive up to $9,500 annually in combined university scholarships.


No scholarship application required:

You do not have to submit a scholarship application to apply for these scholarships. We will use the information from your Admission application to determine your eligibility for general institutional and non-Ohio resident scholarships.

General Institutional Scholarships

General institutional scholarships range from $1,000 to $7,500 and are based on high school academic records and standardized test scores. These scholarships are awarded to new freshmen admitted by March 1 meeting the minimum criteria. They are renewable for a maximum of eight consecutive, full-time (12 credit hour) semesters.

Scholarship Requirements

Admission deadline: March 1
GPA requirement: Minimum 3.00 High School GPA
Test requirement: Minimum 21 ACT/980 SAT Reading and Math
Minimum enrollment: Full-time undergraduate (12 credits/semester)

Renewal Criteria

Scholarship for Excellence $4,500-$7,500 College GPA minimum: 3.25
Presidential Scholarship $3,000-$4,000 College GPA minimum: 3.00
Student Success Scholarship $1,000-$2,500 College GPA minimum: 2.75

Akron Public Schools' Innovation Generation Scholarship

In a unique partnership, the Akron Public Schools and The University of Akron will offer a scholarship opportunity to qualified APS seniors to earn a bachelorette degree. Learn more about the scholarship.

Non-Ohio Residents

The University of Akron offers to qualified non-Ohio residents scholarship awards that are applied to the out-of-state tuition charges. Akron Advantage scholarships are in addition to any other scholarships you receive.

Akron Advantage Blue Award

The Akron Advantage Blue Award is an annual $6,500 scholarship.

In addition to being a non-resident of Ohio and a first-time, full-time freshman and transfer student at the University, students from one of the 49 states outside of Ohio and all United States territories must meet one of the following criteria:

  • High school GPA minimum of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (based on sixth semester transcript)
  • ACT composite score minimum of 21 or SAT combined score (critical reading and math) minimum of 980
  • Dependent of a UA alumnus/alumna
  • Transfer GPA minimum of 2.75 with 24 earned semester hours

Akron Advantage Gold Award

The Akron Advantage Gold Award is an annual $9,000 scholarship.

In addition to being a non-resident of Ohio and a first-time, full-time freshman or transfer student at the University, students from one of the 49 states outside of Ohio and all United States territories must meet two of the following criteria:

  • High school GPA minimum of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (based on sixth semester transcript)
  • Top 10 percent of high school class
  • ACT composite score minimum of 25 or SAT combined score (critical reading and math) minimum of 1130 (critical reading and math)
  • Transfer GPA minimum of 3.25 with 24 earned semester hours

Students who meet the Gold Award criteria are ineligible to also receive the Blue Award.

Additional Information

In addition to the above eligibility criteria for the Blue and Gold Awards, students must meet the following to remain eligible to receive the awards: 

  • Out-of-state residency status (as stated above, a student from one of the 49 states outside of Ohio and all U.S. territories) 
  • Full-time status (at least 12 credit hours per semester - Fall and Spring) 
  • Remain in good academic standing 
  • Renewable up to four academic years

A scholarship application may be required:

Read the directions for each type of scholarship to find out how to apply.

Honors Scholarships

You do not have to submit a scholarship application to apply for these scholarships, but you do need to apply to the Honors College. We will use the information from your Honors admission application to determine your eligibility for Honors Scholarships.


Honors Scholarships range from $500 to full tuition and fees. Every student admitted to UA who applies for admission to the Honors College prior to the honors deadline is considered for an Honors Scholarship Award. First consideration is given to those applicants meeting the following criteria. The Honors Scholarship is in addition to other general scholarships awarded at The University of Akron.

Early Honors application deadline: November 1
Standard Honors application deadline: February 1
GPA requirement: Minimum 3.50
Test requirement: Minimum 27 ACT / 1200 SAT Reading and Math or 1800 SAT Reading, Math, and Writing
Class rank: Highest 10 percent
Renewal GPA: Varies by award and academic level
Minimum enrollment: Full-time undergraduate (12 credits/semester)

Learn more about Honors Scholarships at The University of Akron.

Private (Endowed) Scholarships

Submit the New Freshman Scholarship Application by May 1.


Endowed scholarships are funded by external donors and are awarded to students who meet criteria established by the donors. These criteria may include demonstrated history of leadership, community service, financial need and/or other personal factors.

Underrepresented Students Scholarship

About the Underrepresented Students Scholarship: Scholarships of up to $3,500 each will be awarded to UA entering Freshmen who have been historically underrepresented.  Recipients must be degree seeking and have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 20 ACT composite or 950 combined critical reading and math on SAT.

Other criteria considered include:  Ohio and Non-Ohio Residency; Ohio County of Residence; Location of High School Attended; Financial Need-economic background; Extracurricular Activities; First Generation College Attendance; Evidence of Leadership Ability; Creativity; Community Involvement; and students with a history of overcoming adversity.

Consideration will also be given to students from urban areas and Appalachian counties.

This scholarship is renewable provided that the student has successfully completed a minimum of 12 credits for Fall and 12 credits for spring each year AND has a 2.75 accumulative GPA by end Spring semester each year.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 1

Apply now: New Underrepresented
Student Scholarship application

Major-Specific Scholarships

You might have to submit a scholarship application to apply for these scholarships. Each scholarship is different, so review the instructions to find out how to apply.


Some colleges and academic departments have scholarship programs.

Additional Scholarships

You might have to submit a scholarship application to apply for these scholarships. Each scholarship is different, so review the instructions to find out how to apply.


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