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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Pollock, Arthur Memorial Scholarship Endowment in Economics

Arthur Pollock, an Economics Professor in the Community & Technical College at The University of Akron from 1967-1995, passed away unexpectedly in March 2011. The Arthur Pollock Memorial Scholarship Endowment in Economics was created by his wife, Joan Pollock, and endowed through the many gifts received from family, friends, students, and colleagues in memory of Art.

Art was an excellent teacher, dedicated to his students, and committed to the faculty and its role in the larger University. He also was committed to his community and served on several boards, including InfoLine, The Area Agency on Aging, and Metro Transit System. He was the first president of the Summit County Port Authority Board, which he helped create in 1993.

An avid reader, Art had many interests and enjoyed researching and expanding his knowledge.  He rarely said “I don’t know anything about that.” And if he did, he would spend time researching the subject to become better informed. He rarely turned away from a good debate.

He also was involved politically and supported candidates he believed could make a difference. After retirement, he became involved in his condo associations, both in Akron and Florida, serving as an officer on the board in each. 

Art was dedicated to his family, the university, and his community. He was a humble man of high morals and integrity and believed in involving himself where he felt he could make a contribution or a difference.

The Arthur Pollock Memorial Scholarship Endowment in Economics was created in September 2011. It was established in support of undergraduate students (junior or senior ranking) majoring in economics who demonstrate outstanding personal characteristics (an average student, with a strong work ethic and integrity, who has a strong desire to excel in college). It is preferred the scholarship be awarded to a student who is visually impaired or a student with a disability. Recipients of The Arthur Pollock Memorial Scholarship Endowment in Economics will be nominated by the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the Office of Student Financial Aid.


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