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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Bonner, Jane D’arcy Scholarship in Business

The Jane D’arcy Bonner Scholarship in Business was established at The University of Akron in April 2018 by Dr. Susan C. Hanlon and her husband, Mr. William K. Hanlon. This annual scholarship honors the memory of their granddaughter, Jane D’arcy Bonner, and will be used to support undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Business Administration (CBA) pursuing any business major.

Dr. and Mr. Hanlon feel that supporting CBA students is a fitting tribute honoring Jane’s spirit and life. The Jane D’arcy Bonner Scholarship in Business will help students reduce their financial challenges while they work to successfully complete their degree at UA.

Dr. Hanlon joined UA in 1990 as an assistant professor in the College of Business Administration’s Department of Management.  She became assistant dean of the CBA in 2009 and has served as associate dean since 2016.  Mr. Hanlon holds a master’s degree in business administration from UA and is COO & Executive Vice President of Peoples Services, Inc.

Candidates for The Jane D’arcy Bonner Scholarship in Business must be enrolled in the UA College of Business Administration.  Applicants must be in good standing in the CBA and may be enrolled full or part-time in any business major.  Recipient selection will be made by the CBA Scholarship Committee based on the aforementioned criteria.


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