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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Weed, Robert D. and Peggy A. Scholarship for Excellence in Business

Established in 1998 by Robert D. Weed, The Robert D. and Peggy A. Weed Scholarship for Excellence in Business promotes the ideals of dedication, integrity, innovation, and growth. As owner and founder of Robert Weed Plywood, a wholesale warehouse distribution center for RV manufacturers, Mr. Weed attributes his success to people. To Weed, the most important asset for any business is skilled professionals committed to superior service and doing the job right. Through this scholarship, The University of Akron will attract the most talented and dedicated students pursuing careers in business.

Mr. Weed attended The University of Akron during the evenings on the GI Bill while working at BFGoodrich Company. After graduating with a degree in business in 1950, he became involved in the plywood industry at Cleveland Plywood Corp. In 1954, Mr. Weed took a position with Jamestown Veneer & Plywood in New York. Here, he expanded his knowledge of the mobile home industry during this industry's early stages of growth. By 1966, Mr. Weed moved to Elkhart, Ind., home of the mobile home industry in the United States, where he established Robert Weed Plywood. Today, his company markets and manufacturers products to RV manufacturers, manufactured housing, kitchen cabinet makers, and furniture manufacturing industries.

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