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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Beyer, Dr. William H. and Delores S. Beyer Scholarship for Veterans in Mathematics

The Dr. William H. Beyer and Delores S. Beyer Scholarship for Veterans in Mathematics was established in 2012 by Dr. William (Bill) H. Beyer ’52, retired associate vice president of business and finance for The University of Akron, and honors both his career at the University and his wife, Delores S. Beyer.

Bill and Delores were married on September 6, 1959, in Akron, Ohio, and moved to Blacksburg, Va. Bill completed his Ph.D. in statistics at Virginia Tech while serving as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. In 1961, Bill accepted a position in UA’s Department of Mathematics, commencing a relationship with the University that has spanned more than 50 years. The couple has three children – Randall, Kimberly, and Kevin – all of whom earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Akron.

Originally a UA mathematics and statistics professor, Bill earned emeritus status and easily parlayed his skills into a number of administrative roles, including head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, associate dean of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, and ultimately associate vice president of Business and Finance. He retired from the University in 1998 with 37½ years of service.

Bill remains grateful to the University for his education and his career and continues to be part of University life, especially through his active involvement with the Association of University of Akron Retirees.

Delores also is grateful to The University of Akron, which she credits for providing her husband and children with an outstanding education. After marrying Bill, Delores dedicated herself to raising her children and supporting her husband. She remains an active member of her church, Beth El Synagogue, and is past president of both Beth El Sisterhood and the Akron Chapter of Hadassah. She volunteered for more than 25 years with numerous civic and community organizations, including The University of Akron, and continues to be a member of UA’s Women’s Club. Delores has decreased her volunteerism over the years in favor of her favorite hobbies, including gourmet cooking, reading, traveling, attending plays and movies, and babysitting her three grandchildren – Riley, Cara, and Ava – whom she adores.

The Dr. William H. Beyer and Delores S. Beyer Scholarship for Veterans in Mathematics was established to support full-time undergraduate veterans and currently serving military members majoring in mathematics at The University of Akron. The Mathematics Department, in collaboration with the Office of Student Financial Aid, will select recipients.

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