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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McKinney, Cheryl A. Women in Engineering Scholarship Endowment

The Cheryl A. McKinney Women in Engineering Scholarship Endowment was established in 2015 by alumna Cheryl A. McKinney, who has a passion to support women pursuing engineering degrees.

McKinney received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and a minor in chemistry from The University of Akron in 1986. During her education, McKinney worked for BP and Sohio. Upon graduation, she joined BP where she held various process engineering and production planning roles. She is currently the vice president of strategy and portfolio. McKinney is a member of The University of Akron’s Women in Engineering Advisory Council and a BP representative for the Society of Women Engineers.

The Cheryl A. McKinney Women in Engineering Scholarship Endowment shall be awarded annually to a female student pursuing an engineering degree at The University of Akron. Scholarship applications will be accepted from current students using the College of Engineering General Scholarship Application. Applicants will be participants in the Women in Engineering program at The University of Akron. Selection will be made by the associate dean for undergraduate studies and the director of the Women in Engineering program.

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