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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Ambelang, Dr. Joseph C. Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Joseph C. Ambelang Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 by Eileen Ambelang in memory of her husband, who passed away April 2, 2005. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist deserving students who are receiving a degree in chemistry from the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences.

Born in Bellevue, Ohio, in 1914, Dr. Joseph Carlyle Ambelang moved to Akron in 1914. He received a B.S. in chemistry from The University of Akron and a Ph.D. from Yale University. He returned to Akron four years later to work for Firestone as a research chemist. He was there for 14 years, during which time he worked on the processing of synthetic rubber and chemicals to protect them from aging and weathering. From this research, 17 patents were granted. The next 28 years were in rubber technology at Goodyear Tire Development and included compounding for aging and ozone resistance, testing for tire performance, design for experiments, and statistical analysis of test data.

During his career, Joseph wrote 19 technical papers, many of which were presented at rubber chemistry meetings, and one in Kiev, Ukraine. His writings include three encyclopedia articles and translations from German and French. He was a member of the American Chemical Society for more than 65 years and of the Rubber Division for more than 55 years, where he served as treasurer and director of administration. As a member of ASTM, he took part in the development of standardized performance tests for tires. The scholarship will be awarded by The University of Akron’s Department of Chemistry, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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