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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Stitzlein, Harry P. and Rainy G. Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Business

The Harry P. and Rainy G. Stitzlein Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Business was established in 1995 by Mr. Stitzlein’s wife, Rainy Stitzlein, as well as Malone Advertising, family, friends, and alumni, as a memorial to one of the University’s most beloved alumni who died March 14, 1995, at the age of 67. The scholarship pays homage to a man who was a great community leader, loyal alumnus, and distinguished businessman. Mr. Stitzlein, chairman of Malone Advertising of Akron, was a successful businessman and dynamic community leader whose unabashed devotion to his University and hometown never wavered. Like his wife, Rainy, Mr. Stitzlein worked for decades to advance the University’s mission.

The scholarship is awarded to one or two students as determined by the committee. If one student receives the scholarship, it is $10,000 per year for four years. If two students are selected, it is $5,000 per year for four years. The funds may be applied toward the student’s tuition, books, fees, or room and board. The student applicant should be ranked in the upper one-third of his/her high school graduating class, have a 3.25 or better GPA, and a 26 or higher ACT score. It is renewable based on good academic standing, interest in business, and maintaining a GPA of 3.25. Malone Advertising also may provide an internship to the scholarship recipient based on interest and performance. Preference is given to those students indicating marketing or advertising as their major or minor with demonstrated ability and interest. Criteria for selection include class rank, GPA, ACT scores, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.

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