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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Bulger, Ph.D., Charles E. and Esgar Bowen Foltz, M.D., Endowed Scholarship

The Charles E. Bulger, Ph.D., and Esgar Bowen Foltz, M.D., Endowed Scholarship was established by Dr. Clarence T. Gilham, class of 1934. This scholarship was created to assist Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences students based on academic merit and financial need. The University of Akron Office of Financial Aid, in consultation with the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Committee, will select qualified recipients.

As a professor of German, Charles E. Bulger made a significant impact on Clarence Gilham’s education. He gave Dr. Gilham a glimpse of what college should be and influenced ongoing academic pursuits. Esgar Bowen Foltz and Clarence Gilham met in German class and began a lasting friendship. Through their shared interest in classical music, they traveled to Cleveland every Saturday to attend orchestra and theater performances.

Clarence Gilham established The Charles E. Bulger, Ph.D., and Esgar Bowen Foltz, M.D., Endowed Scholarship to honor his friends’ memory and to give support to students. It is Dr. Gilham’s sincere wish that the student recipients continue a tradition of philanthropy by supporting their alma mater when they graduate.

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