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 Endowed Scholarship in Engineering

The William Beckett Endowed Scholarship in Engineering was established by William H. Beckett in 2011 and revised in 2017.  Mr. Beckett grew up in West Akron and attended Buchtel High School and The University of Akron. He graduated from UA in 1956 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and began his career with General Motors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In 1960, he went to work for RCA/General Electric (GE) in Moorestown, New Jersey.  Mr. Beckett remained with GE until his retirement in 1993.  During his career, he was involved with a line of work that included three phases: development of guidance systems for Intercontinental missiles, design of radar servo control systems used in tracking 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 female University of Akron students pursuing engineering degrees.

The William Beckett Endowed Scholarship in Engineering will be awarded annually to full-time female students who are currently enrolled in The University of Akron’s College of Engineering. The student must be pursuing a B.S. degree in either Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering.

Applicants also must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • possess a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • have attended at least one year (two semesters) of full-time study at The University of Akron
  • have financial need as determined by the Financial Aid office

First preference will be given to female graduates of an Akron Public High School, second to female graduates from any Summit County, Ohio high school, and third preference to all other female applicants meeting the previously stated criteria. 

The Dean of the College of Engineering, or appropriate designee, will be responsible for administering the scholarship. 

Each year, all money distributed from the UA Foundation Endowment Account to the University Award Account shall be completely spent on scholarships before the start of the Fall Semester.  Any money not awarded by the start of the Fall Semester shall be returned to the UA Foundation Endowment Account.  The University Award Account will always have a zero balance at the start of the Fall Semester.


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