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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Jackson, Dr. Dale L. Scholarship

The Dr. Dale L. Jackson Scholarship was created in 2006 by family and friends in memory of Dr. Jackson. He began teaching and conducting research in biology at The University of Akron in 1961. Dr. Jackson served as the head of the Department of Biology for more than 20 years. In this role, he served on numerous college and University committees and mentored many faculty and countless students.

Dr. Jackson had many diverse interests: a large greenhouse he built himself, woodworking, and especially sailing. Some of his longer sailing trips included transatlantic passages, many of the North Atlantic Archipelagos and West Indies.

Dr. Jackson believed that education was a good foundation for building your future, but to truly get the most of your educational experience each student needed to gain “real world” experience. Dr. Jackson was a strong advocate of student internships and along with Dr. Orcutt created the University’s first biology field station class, Tropical Field Biology, which was first taught in 1986.

In awarding The Dr. Dale L. Jackson Scholarship, first preference will be given to a graduate student in biology who must conduct field work or an internship to complete his/her degree requirements. Awards will be made by the Department of Biology in coordination with the Office of Financial Aid.

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