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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Slezak, Cynthia L. Scholarship for Women in Engineering

The Cynthia L. Slezak Scholarship for Women in Engineering was established in 2014 by Cynthia Slezak, who earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from The University of Akron in 1978. With this scholarship, Ms. Slezak intends to assist deserving sophomore, junior, and senior female engineering students with support for tuition, fees, and/or on-campus housing costs at The University of Akron.

After graduating from The University of Akron, Ms. Slezak enjoyed working for several engineering firms before she started at Koch Engineering, where she earned honors as a top producer in the sales organization. In 1988, she founded her own company, Ozone Engineering, a sales, consulting, and engineering firm specializing in all applications of ozone for the benefit of customers worldwide.

The Cynthia L. Slezak Scholarship for Women in Engineering is meant to assist promising sophomore, junior, and senior female students with financial need who are pursuing engineering degrees at The University of Akron. Applications for the scholarship will be accepted from current students (using the College of Engineering General Scholarship Application) who have completed the first year in pursuit of an engineering degree. Applicants will be participants in the Women in Engineering program at The University of Akron. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in chemical engineering and to students from Ohio. Selection will be made by the associate dean for Undergraduate Studies with input from the director of the Women in Engineering Program and the department chair of Chemical Engineering. Selection of the recipient for The Cynthia L. Slezak Scholarship for Women in Engineering will be based on both the financial need of the applicant and the completed student application. Recipients may use the award for tuition, fees, books, meal-plans, and/or on-campus housing.

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