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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Path to Excel! Scholarship

The Path to Excel! (PTE) Scholarship is for students enrolled at The University of Akron who have completed the Path to Excel! experience and have been selected by a PTE partnering business to receive the scholarship.  Path to Excel! Is a 10- to 12-week work experience for rising junior and senior African-American male students in Akron Public Schools (APS) that immerses participants in professional and personal mentorship. 

Developed by Joe Kanfer, CEO of Akron-based GOJO Industries, PTE debuted in 2015 at The University of Akron’s Black Male Summit.  Kanfer’s passion for creating the program underscores his belief in the importance of making connections between learning and experience in order to develop an intelligent, capable, diverse, and sought-after workforce in Akron.

Recipients of the Path to Excel! Scholarship will be selected by a PTE partnering business.  Recipients must be enrolled in The University of Akron and must have completed the Path to Excel! experience. 

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