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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BP Corrosion & Reliability Award

The BP Corrosion & Reliability Award was established in 2010 to recognize an undergraduate student committed to this new field of study at The University of Akron College of Engineering. It is the intent of BP to provide funding for this award on an annual basis. BP is one of the world’s largest energy companies, providing its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services and petrochemicals products for everyday items. The BP Corrosion & Reliability Engineering Award is consistent with BP’s values – to be recognized as a great company, competitively successful and a force for progress. BP helps the world meet its growing need for heat, light , and mobility, by producing energy that is affordable, secure and doesn’t damage the environment. BP believes in the principle of mutual advantage and builds productive relationships with its employees, partners, and customers. Today’s boundaries are pushed to create tomorrow’s breakthroughs, through people and technology.

The BP Corrosion & Reliability Award is to be awarded to a deserving, undergraduate student enrolled in the Corrosion & Reliability Engineering program at The University of Akron. The ideal recipient will share BP’s vision and be Progressive, Responsible, Innovative, and Performance driven. The annual award is to support tuition and fee expenses. The recipient will be an incoming or returning engineering student, with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better (high school or college), and is a U.S. citizen.

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