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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Breittholz, Brian E. Order of Omega Endowed Scholarship

The Brian E. Breittholz/Order of Omega Endowed Scholarship was created in July 2008. It is the intention of the Order of Omega (Greek leadership society) to endow this scholarship to honor Brian E. Breittholz, former Greek Advisor at The University of Akron and to build upon it with yearly fundraising.

Brian E. Breittholz served as Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Assistant Director of Student Development at The University of Akron from 1988-1992. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism in 1986 and Master’s of Education degree in 1988, both from Ohio University. In 1992, the members of the Order of Omega decided to honor Brian for his service and dedication to the Greek System by naming their scholarship in honor of him.

The scholarship will be awarded to a member in good standing from among The University of Akron recognized fraternity and sorority chapters. The applicant must be a full-time student and have at least a sophomore rank with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (on a 4 point scale). Selection will be based upon the following criteria:

  • Character
  • Scholarship
  • Chapter and Greek System involvement
  • Service to the University and the community

Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of members of the Alpha Omicron Chapter of the Order of Omega and at least two University faculty and/or administrators in collaboration with the Office of Greek Life and the University Alumni Association.

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