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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Mollenkopf, Huber L. and Virginia Scholarship for Excellence in Accounting

The Huber L. and Virginia Mollenkopf Scholarship for Excellence in Accounting was established in 1997 with a gift from Mr. Huber L. Mollenkopf, affectionately known as "Molly," and a matching gift from GenCorp. The scholarship is named for Huber L. Mollenkopf and his wife, Virginia, loyal friends and benefactors of The University of Akron. Mr. Mollenkopf is an honorary alumnus of The George W. Daverio School of Accountancy and has been recognized for his contributions to the integrity of the accounting field through his distinguished career at The General Tire and Rubber Company. It is his intention for this endowed fund to be used annually to support outstanding students in The George W. Daverio School of Accountancy. Mr. Mollenkopf is also an honorary member of Beta Alpha Psi, has served as national vice president and member of the national board now known as the Institute of Management Accountants, and has been a member and former officer of the Honorary Stuart Cameron McLeod Society. The recipient shall be an accounting major, have high grades like those of an honor student (although the award shall not be restricted to honor students), be active on campus, have high ethics, and have strong leadership capabilities. The student should have the urge to build for his/her future performance of excellence. The selection of students will be performed by the head of the School of Accountancy with the assistance of accounting professors and approval by the dean of the College of Business Administration.

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