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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Rainey, Drs. Clarissa D. and Clarence W. Endowed Scholarship

The Drs. Clarissa D. and Clarence W. Rainey Endowed Scholarship was established in 1987 (and revised in 2016) by Mary C. Rainey, Ph.D., in honor of her parents, both of whom were medical doctors. Mary Rainey created the fund to reflect the couple’s strong belief in the value of higher education and family life.

The Drs. Clarissa D. and Clarence W. Rainey Endowed Scholarship provides scholarship assistance to a student who is a single parent with demonstrated financial need. Candidates must be enrolled full time, pursuing any major at The University of Akron. There is no minimum GPA requirement. Preference will be given to students on the verge of dropping out for financial reasons. The University of Akron Scholarship committee, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid, will determine recipients, as well as award amounts and award dates.

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