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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Snyder, Dr. Donald C. and Courtney F. Endowed Chair in Medical Education

The Dr. Donald C. and Courtney F. Snyder Endowed Chair in Medical Education was established in 2001 by a generous gift from Dr. and Mrs. Snyder. Dr. Snyder was always inspired and motivated by his mother, Jennie Lynn Smedley Snyder, and dedicates this gift to her memory. Dr. Snyder became one of the Akron area’s most well- respected physician-surgeons, recognized by colleagues for his many years of professional service and contributions in the field of medicine, his published work in scientific journals, and his listing in Who’s Who in the Midwest. Originally from Medina and a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Snyder did his four-year residency at University Hospitals in Cleveland, coming to Akron in 1940. He became the catalyst for developing Akron's first training program for young doctors in obstetrics/gynecology, preparing hundreds of doctors who became board-certified in that specialty. With the overcrowded hospitals of the early 1950s, Dr. Snyder was the first doctor to perform same-day surgery.

Dr. and Mrs. Snyder’s lifetime objective of helping others and a strong belief in the value of higher education have guided their desire to leave an ongoing legacy. In recognition of Dr. Snyder’s leadership—both professionally and in his personal life—The Dr. Donald C. and Courtney F. Snyder Endowed Chair in Medical Education is to be used in support of an outstanding University of Akron faculty member in the University’s programs to prepare future physicians. Selection for the Endowed Chair is to be made by the President and Board of Trustees of The University of Akron.

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