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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Beckett, William Scholarship in Engineering

The William Beckett Scholarship in Engineering was established by William Beckett in 2011. Mr. Beckett grew up in West Akron and attended Buchtel High School and The University of Akron. He graduated from The University of Akron in 1956 with a degree in electrical engineering. His career began with General Motors in Milwaukee, Wis. In 1960 he went to work for RCA, which later was bought by General Electric. He remained with GE until his retirement in 1993. During his career, his line of work included three phases: development of guidance systems for intercontinental missiles, design of radar servo control systems used in the tracking of missiles and spacecraft, and development of computer software that was part of a naval ship weapons system. Now a resident of New Jersey, Mr. Beckett desires to assist students at The University of Akron who are pursuing degrees in engineering.

The William Beckett Scholarship in Engineering is to be awarded annually to a full-time, female College of Engineering student in good standing, who demonstrates financial need and successfully has completed two years (at least four semesters) of full-time study in the College of Engineering. Per Mr. Beckett’s wishes, the award shall be made to citizens of the United States. Applicants should meet the following requirements: be graduates of a high school in Summit County (Ohio) who are majoring in either electrical engineering or computer engineering. If no candidates meet the Summit County requirement, consideration will be given to applicants from outside of Summit County. The recipient will be chosen by the dean of the College of Engineering or appropriate designee. The scholarship is renewable, provided the recipient continues to meet the requirements as specified in this document.

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