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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Hunsicker, Oscar A. Family Scholarship in Law

The Oscar A. Hunsicker Family Scholarship in Law commemorates the life and legal careers of three generations of University of Akron School of Law graduates: Judge Oscar A. Hunsicker Sr. (1898-1983); Oscar A. Hunsicker Jr. (1922-2010); and J. Bruce Hunsicker (1953-2010). Highly respected educators, attorneys, and legal representatives, the Hunsickers will live on in the hearts of their family, the community, and the School of Law.

The Oscar A. Hunsicker Family Scholarship in Law was announced at the May 28, 1981, commencement ceremony through a grant of $2,000 from the School of Law class of 1981. Since its founding, the scholarship has grown by the generosity of alumni, friends, and in particular, the Hunsicker family. The scholarship name was changed in 2010 to honor the legal legacy of Judge Oscar A. Hunsicker Sr.; his son, Oscar A. Hunsicker Jr.; and grandson J. Bruce Hunsicker.

The endowed scholarship fund provides tuition assistance to deserving students enrolled in good standing in the School of Law on the basis of financial need, leadership capability, academic achievement, and professional bearing. The award(s) will be determined upon recommendation of the School of Law Scholarship Committee.

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