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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Scholarship for Akron Baseball Student-Athletes

The Scholarship for Akron Baseball Student-Athletes was established in 2019 by Gary W. Kendron and Barbara R. Bishop. Gary graduated from the University in 1972 after a rewarding and enriching Akron experience.  Barb, a graduate of Malone University, has long been a huge fan of Zips Athletics. Gary and Barb have supported the University for many years in various ways, including as ardent season ticket holders for the football and men’s basketball programs. They love baseball and were excited at the announcement of baseball’s return to campus for the 2020 season. They are pleased to invest in the success of baseball student-athletes through this scholarship. 

The Scholarship for Akron Baseball Student-Athletes will be awarded to student-athlete members of the University of Akron baseball team. The funds will be used at the discretion of the baseball head coach to provide scholarship support for one or more baseball athletes, until otherwise noted. Recipients, who may be incoming freshmen or current team members, must represent Akron Baseball in an exemplary manner on campus and in the community. Recipients must possess characteristics of leadership, hard work, and dedication, both on the field and in the classroom. Annual selection will be made by the baseball coaching staff in conjunction with the athletics department. A report will be provided annually to the donors on selected recipients.  

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