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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Gertz, Sybil and Stanley Endowed Scholarship

The Sybil and Stanley Gertz Endowed Scholarship was established in 2007 out of the Gertz's desire to assist students pursuing degrees in Secondary Education at The University of Akron. As lifetime residents of Akron, the Gertz's recognize the importance of the University to the area's economic, cultural and social vibrancy. Mrs. Gertz, a 1947 alumna of the University's College of Education, went on to enjoy a 29-year career as an educator in the Akron Public Schools, teaching full time at East High School as well as Firestone High School, and many other schools during her years as a substitute teacher. Mindful of the positive impact educators have in the lives of children, the Gertz's generosity will support future generations of teachers who choose The University of Akron to pursue degrees in education. 

Application for the scholarship is open to students majoring in Secondary Education who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in The University of Akron's College of Education, with preference given to students from Summit County. Scholarship recipients must maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average. Students may apply for renewal of the award provided the grade point level is maintained. Selection will be made by the Dean of the College of Education or appropriate designee.

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