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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Hail We Akron Fund

In recognition of The University of Akron’s 150th “Sesquicentennial” Anniversary in 2020, an anonymous alumni couple established The Hail We Akron Fund in April 2019 to support academically ready, financially deserving students from Ohio.

The anonymous donors are passionate about higher education and how it can change the positive trajectory of young lives beyond what any other factor ever could.  Mindful that recruitment and retention scholarships are a top University priority and often students who dream of a college education don’t have support to access higher education on their own, they established this fund to provide assistance for financially needy students from Ohio to come to or continue at The University of Akron.  

The Hail We Akron Fund is open to academically ready students with financial need of any major who are Ohio residents.  First consideration will be given to full-time students, but part-time students are also eligible for consideration.  Recipients will be selected by the Office of Student Financial Aid. 

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