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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Barnett, Joyce Wortman Endowed International Business Scholarship

Originally established in 1996, The Joyce Wortman Barnett Endowed International Business Scholarship was created by James W. Barnett in memory of his late wife, Joyce Wortman Barnett. Born and raised in Akron, Joyce Wortman graduated with a liberal arts degree from the prestigious Stephens College, the second oldest women’s college in the country, located in Columbia, Mo. Upon returning to Akron, Miss Wortman attended The University of Akron for two years where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She married James W. Barnett in 1952 and settled into the role of loving mother to three children and devoted wife of a Goodyear executive whose career moved the family frequently. This scholarship shall serve as a tribute to Mrs. Barnett’s belief in the importance of higher education in the lives of aspiring young women.

It is Mr. Barnett’s intention that the scholarship will annually fund six scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each for young women majoring in international business. These distribution parameters may be subject to change at Mr. Barnett’s discretion as the endowment grows and tuition costs change. Selection of the recipients will be made by the director of the Institute for Global Business in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration. Consideration of recipients will focus on academic standing, as well as extracurricular activities, community involvement, leadership, and character. On a selected basis, the Joyce Wortman Barnett Scholarship can be awarded to other meritorious candidates.

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