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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Young, Dr. Arthur M. Endowed Scholarship

At an early age, Dr. Arthur M. Young (June 12, 1900, to January 9, 1998) had a singular faith and commitment to education and scholarly pursuits. Entrusted with several scholarships, he excelled in studies at Harvard University, where he completed three degrees: bachelor of arts in 1922, master of arts in 1923, and doctor of philosophy in 1930. At Harvard, he received the prestigious Albert and Anna Howard Fellow and became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Young obtained his first teaching appointment at the University of Virginia, and later came to The University of Akron. He became an accomplished scholar and teacher of English, Greek, and the classics, gaining the respect of his colleagues and students.

Dr. Young’s wit and zest for learning touched thousands of students over his 40 years of teaching service. In 1972 he retired as professor of classics and head of the Classics Department at the University of Pittsburgh but continued his yearly pilgrimage to some parts of the classical world. He continued his teaching at the American School in Athens, Greece. His extensive travels and research in classical learning and archeology led to several books, including: Troy and Her Legend (1948), Legend Builder of the West (1958), The Voice That Speaketh Clear (1957), and Echoes of Two Cultures (1964).

The Dr. Arthur M. Young Endowed Scholarship was established in his honor.

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