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. Across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2016 was $37,172; for Ohio students, that figure was $30,239.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider a gift to the MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND MOVING FORWARD scholarship campaign, which is the University's most important initiative. You may also establish a named scholarship at The University of Akron, which 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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Rupert, Dr. Pamela R. and Donald C. Endowed Scholarship in Music

The Dr. Pamela R. and Donald C. Rupert Endowed Scholarship in Music is intended to help support and encourage outstanding music majors in The University of Akron School of Music.

The scholarship is for junior and senior undergraduate students or graduate students studying violin, woodwinds, or piano. The scholarship may be awarded to one or more students a year for one or more years. The selection of recipients is at the discretion of the director of the UA School of Music in consultation with the UA Student Financial Aid Office and Dr. Pamela Rupert.

Ardent concertgoers, the Ruperts shared a love of symphonic and jazz music. In 2013, Pamela generously funded the purchase of a Steinway-manufactured Boston upright piano for the UA School of Music in memory of her husband. Donald's late sister was a violinist.

Both were also educators and dedicated to helping students succeed. Pamela retired from The University of Akron in 1996 as director emeritus of developmental programs and adjunct professor in the College of Education after 30 years of service. Donald, who died in 2012, was a graphic arts teacher at Hudson High School.

The Dr. Pamela R. and Donald C. Rupert Endowed Scholarship in Music was created in December 2014 by a generous gift from Pamela Rupert. Additional contributions are welcome.

Through an additional non-endowment gift from Dr. Rupert, the first scholarship(s) will be awarded for the 2015-16 academic year. Dr. Rupert may also make additional gifts to increase the award amount available, thus providing a more significant financial benefit to one or more students.

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