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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Razinger, Myrtle J. Memorial Scholarship

The Myrtle J. Razinger Memorial Scholarship was established by Frank V. Razinger in memory of his wife, Myrtle, who passed away January 24, 2011.

Mrs. Razinger graduated from The University of Akron in 1972 with a bachelor of science in elementary education. She then completed her master's degree in special education at Wright State University and went on to teach special education in grades 5-8. Mrs. Razinger retired from the Perry Local School District in Lima, where she spent 16 years of her career. In her retirement, Mrs. Razinger devoted much of her time to her church, painting watercolors and quilting.

Candidates for The Myrtle J. Razinger Memorial Scholarship must be accepted and enrolled in the College of Education, working toward licensure as an Intervention Specialist and be in good academic standing. All applicants must write a short essay detailing why they wish to pursue a career in teaching special education/intervention and include a résumé, if available. A preference will be given to students from Allen or Auglaize counties. Recipients will be selected by Mr. Frank V. Razinger in collaboration with the College of Education and the Office of Student Financial Aid.


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