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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Hoffman Family Scholarship Fund

The Hoffman Family Scholarship Fund was established in August 2014 by Mr. Brian Hoffman ’69, ’84. An Akron native, Brian D. Hoffman was the last of three consecutive generations in his familyto attend and graduate from the original Buchtel College and today’s The University of Akron. The first connection with Mr. Hoffman’s family and The University of Akron began with his grandmother, Catherine Blanchard (Joy), whose uncle was Augustus B. Church, the 7th president of Buchtel College. Since then, there have been seven family members who attended or graduated from Buchtel College and The University of Akron.

Mr. Hoffman graduated with a B.S. in accounting and an A.A.B. in data processing. He spent more than 30 years of his career in the banking industry as auditor, accountant, financial analyst, and data processor.

Mr. Hoffman is grateful to The University of Akron for giving him the opportunity to earn two college degrees and build a successful career. His affinity for The University of Akron and belief in the importance of higher education led him to establish this endowed scholarship.

Recipients of the Hoffman Family Scholarship must be residents of Summit County in the state of Ohio, have at least one relative who graduated from The University of Akron, and currently be enrolled as a student in or recently accepted into the College of Business Administration.  The scholarship recipient also must illustrate the need for financial assistance. The College of Business Administration, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid, will provide a list of candidates to be reviewed by Mr. Brian Hoffman. At a future point in time, when Mr. Hoffman no longer is able to choose a recipient, the College of Business Administration and the Office of Student Financial Aid will do so. The Hoffman Family Scholarship Fund is to be used for tuition or educational needs only. 

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