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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Scala Family Endowed Scholarship for Women’s Golf

The Scala Family Endowed Scholarship for Women’s Golf was established in 2016 by William A. “Bill” and Sally A. Scala to recognize the achievements of the women’s golf program, which is celebrating its eighth anniversary as a varsity sport at The University of Akron.

Grateful for the opportunities they have been given, Bill and Sally take pride in serving the community and hold philanthropy as a core family value. The couple’s generosity and support extend to organizations in Akron and beyond and include deep ties with The University of Akron, Archbishop Hoban High School, Holy Family Parish, Akron Children’s Hospital, the Interval Brotherhood Home, Hattie Larlham, the Ronald McDonald House of Akron, and others.

Bill and Sally also are longtime Zips supporters and desired to recognize the UA women’s golf program for its commitment to academics and community service. Although small in numbers, the women’s golf team is big in heart and has been the recipient on numerous occasions of the Community Service Award from UA’s Department of Athletics. For this reason, Bill and Sally are pleased to establish a scholarship that recognizes students whose passion and commitment to the community align with values cherished by the Scala Family.

Bill, a 1975 University of Akron graduate, is president of Kenmore Construction Company and currently serves The University of Akron as a member of the Board of Trustees.

The Scala Family Endowed Scholarship for Women’s Golf will provide will provide one scholarship annually that may be renewed, provided the recipient maintains all requirements. Consideration for the scholarship will be given to members of the women’s golf team at The University of Akron who are:

  • Full-time students
  • Active volunteers

The recipient will be selected by the head coach of the women’s golf team with input from a member of the Scala Family and UA’s director of athletics.

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