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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Berman, Joseph and Lynda Fellowship – Emily Davis Gallery Collections Management Project

The Joseph and Lynda Berman Fellowship – Emily Davis Gallery Collections Management Project was established in June 2010 by Dr. and Mrs. Berman. Dr. Berman graduated from The University of Akron in 1964 and earned both his master’s and doctorate degree from Ohio University. He is Dean Emeritus of Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College. During his studies at UA, Dr. Berman was taught by a wonderful professor, Dr. Emily Davis – the Gallery’s namesake. His mother graduated in 1931 from UA with degrees in History and English. Dr. Berman’s father also attended The University of Akron. His brother, Stanley, also graduated from The University of Akron in 1960.

Mrs. Berman holds a bachelor degree from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree from Ohio University. Now retired, Mrs. Berman taught elementary art for over 30 years and is an accomplished paper artist. She continues to be very involved with the Ohio Art Education Association and National Art Education Association, conducts workshops, and exhibits at a number of galleries.

With a passion for student success and dedication to education, Dr. and Mrs. Berman are pleased to establish this fellowship to provide an opportunity for deserving students in the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art. This fellowship will bring the Emily Davis Gallery Collections to the level of being a university-wide teaching resource, making it available to faculty, students and external scholars. The Berman Fellows will continue to work with the growing collection in collaboration with specialists and scholars across all relevant fields of study.

The recipients of this fellowship will be selected by the Director of The Mary Schiller Myers School of Art in consultation with the Director of University Galleries.

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