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

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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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Kult, Milton L. Endowed Scholarship in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor Emeritus Milton L. Kult, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, joined The University of Akron in 1954 and rose through the academic ranks to the high distinction of Professor Emeritus, serving as Department Chair of Electrical Engineering for three years. He taught for more than 59 years until the Fall 2013, shortly before his death in December of that year.

Professor Kult’s dedication to student learning was his highest priority. Students embraced his high expectations of them as part of ‘giving their best’ because he would not accept less. Alumni often came back to visit, extolling the virtues of their learning experiences through Professor Kult with affection and gratitude. Known as ‘Milt Kult’ or more affectionately as “Uncle Milty,” the Professor had an open-door policy, and he welcomed all alumni and students, using his indefatigable memory skills not only for their names, but tjheir graduation years, grades, and other personal details. Students and alumni exclaimed that it was a privilege to know him, be guided by him, and be able to say they had been his student. Student course evaluations extolled Professor Kult’s dedication to his profession and to student success – even when he was in his late 80s. Through his dedication and avocation within the profession to change lives through academic success, Professor Kult was beloved and admired by thousands of graduates.

Professor Kult served in the Army Air Corps/U.S. Air Force from 1943 to 1953, including active duty in World War II. He had a love of music, playing with the Glenn Miller Band overseas, and supported himself with his music while attending The University of Illinois, where he received his master’s degree. He was married to Ruth Elizabeth Pleasant in 1952, a life partner in all that he did.

The Milton L. Kult Endowed Scholarship in Electrical and Computer Engineering is created in Professor Kult’s honor and memory by his three daughters and their families: Ms. Virginia L. Hulsey, Ms. Elizabeth A. Kult, and Ms. Phyllis K. Weaver. It is the intention of the family to enable his memory to have a lasting impact in the profession he loved. It is their desire that Professor Kult’s scholarship endowment account be added to by others who wish to remember him so that the fund amount grows, and with it the scholarship amount that is able to be distributed.

The endowment fund provides one or more scholarships annually to a student majoring in Electrical or Computer Engineering at The University of Akron. The amount and number of awards are determined by the associate dean for Undergraduate Studies in consultation with the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Recipient(s) must be an undergraduate in the College of Engineering who exhibits academic need and who has a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Preference is given to students who perform strongly in the Electromagnetics course sequence, namely Electromagnetics I and Electromagnetics II. The scholarship can be used by students for tuition, fees, books, and on-campus housing.

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