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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Barnett, James W. Scholarship

The James W. Barnett Scholarship recognizes the leadership, accomplishments, and contributions of James W. Barnett to the College of Business Administration and The University of Akron. A 1954 graduate of the College of Business Administration, Jim Barnett completed a very successful 47 year career with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, retiring as Vice President of OE Tire Sales Worldwide. He then turned his talents and energy to The University of Akron where he served first as the Director of the International Business Program and then as Dean of the College of Business Administration.

In 2005, Mr. Barnett established a scholarship program to assist first year students directly admitted to the College of Business Administration. To qualify, students must have a 3.3 grade point average from high school with a minimum ACT score of 25 or equivalent from a standardized college- entrance examination. The scholarship is renewable for students enrolled in the College of Business Administration who maintain a 3.5 grade point average.
The scholarship recipients will be selected by a Scholarship Committee composed of the Dean of the College of Business Administration and other representatives as appointed by the Dean, not to exceed a total of five individuals. The Scholarship Committee will consider the qualifications as outlined above and consider other activities and qualities including involvement in their community, leadership, and character.

First preference for scholarship selection is to be based on the criteria outlined in the above. On a selected basis, the Scholarship Committee can award The James W. Barnett Scholarship to other meritorious candidates.

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