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

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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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Lindquist, Melody Rose Mollis and Dr. John H. Lindquist Endowed Scholarship in Special Education and Marriage and Family Counseling

The Melody Rose Mollis Lindquist and Dr. John H. Lindquist Endowed Scholarship in Special Education and Marriage and Family Counseling was established by Melody Rose Mollis Lindquist and Dr. John H. Lindquist in 2011.

Ms. Lindquist was born in Akron, Ohio, and earned her B.S. in education with a minor in special education at The University of Akron. She earned three special education endorsements and later obtained her M.A. in education with a specialty as an educational diagnostician from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She then earned her second M.A. in education from Our Lady of The Lake University in San Antonio, with a specialty as a school counselor and a concentration in clinical counseling. Ms. Lindquist utilized these skills in the public school system and later started her own practice as a psychotherapist. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.

Dr. John H. Lindquist was born in Chicago, Illinois, and spent his youth in Arizona. He attended Northern Arizona University, where he received both his B.S. in education and his M.A. in education. After receiving his doctorate in social sciences from The University of Syracuse, he returned to Northern Arizona University, where he taught for five years. He then came to The University of Akron and taught for five years before accepting a position at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he remained on the faculty for 21 years. He is now professor emeritus in sociology at Trinity.

As lifetime learners and educators, the Lindquists are passionate about assisting students who are seeking a career in the field of special education or marriage and family counseling. Throughout her career, Ms. Lindquist found herself utilizing the skills she developed during her special education experience and her specialized training in marriage and family therapy.

The Melody Rose Mollis Lindquist and Dr. John H. Lindquist Endowed Scholarship in Special Education and Marriage and Family Counseling will be awarded annually to two deserving students majoring in special education and/or marriage and family counseling. Eligible students will be pursuing either an undergraduate or graduate degree in either or both disciplines. The students should maintain a 3.0 GPA and have a financial need. It is expected that the recipients have a strong work ethic and a commitment to making a difference for all students. All fields of specialization in the special education program are eligible. The scholarship is renewable, and the recipients will be determined by the College of Education in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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