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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Undergraduate Student Government Textbook Award

Undergraduate Student Government Textbook Award was established in 2017 by Undergraduate Student Government at The University of Akron, following a resolution presented by then-USG senators: Dominic Grossi, Nicholas Golina, Abigail Kraft and Abby Watson.

Concerned with the rapidly rising cost of college textbooks across the country (88 percent from 2006 to 2016) and its impact on students at UA (where 75 percent qualify for financial assistance), the USG senators presented and passed a resolution that established an award to assist deserving UA students with the purchase of college textbooks.

The Undergraduate Student Government Textbook Award will begin accepting gifts immediately, with a goal of becoming endowed. The number of students who receive assistance and the amount of assistance will vary as funds are available.

To be considered for The Undergraduate Student Government Textbook Award, students must:

  • Be enrolled (full or part time) at The University of Akron
  • Be in good standing with the University, holding a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Have demonstrated financial need
  • Complete an application (available from USG) by May 1 annually

Candidates will be reviewed by a USG committee, with final selection of recipients (and confirmation of financial need) made by the Office of Student Financial Aid.  If in the future a USG committee is unable to review candidates, the application and selection process will be managed in its entirety by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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