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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Scatterday, Blin B. Scholarship

The Blin B. Scatterday Scholarship was established in 2016 by Blin B. Scatterday, professor emeritus in the College of Applied Science and Technology at The University of Akron who retired after 30 years of service. Scatterday remains passionate about the University’s two-year program and chose to establish a scholarship to assist students enrolled in CAST.

A two-time UA graduate, Scatterday joined the University in 1964 and taught general studies and mathematics and also was chair of the Associate Studies Department. He was named Administrator of the Year by the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges in 1989. Prior to joining UA, he served as the first principal of Green High School in Green, Ohio.

Scatterday earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UA in 1950 and a master of arts in secondary education in 1963. As a student, he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Delta Kappa honorary societies, Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, the Sabre Squadron, and Army ROTC. After completing his undergraduate degree, he was a commissioned Army officer with the rank of Second Lieutenant, Infantry, Organized Reserve Corps.

Scatterday was married for 56 years to Suzanne Louise Scatterday, a 1972 University of Akron graduate who passed away in 2011. The couple has two children, Mark ’81 and Cynthia ’79, ‘88.

Candidates for The Blin B. Scatterday Scholarship must be enrolled (full or part time) in UA’s College of Applied Science and Technology and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Preference will be given to nontraditional, first-generation students with demonstrated financial need. The CAST Scholarship Committee, in conjunction with UA’s Office of Student Financial Aid, will select recipients and determine scholarship amounts and distribution dates, both of which may vary depending on fund availability.

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