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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Little, Robert W. Graduate Fellowship in History

The Robert W. Little Graduate Fellowship in History was created through the generosity of Robert W. Little and the Robert W. Little Foundation. Robert W. Little studied history and classics at The University of Akron, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1952 and his master’s degree in 1954. Mr. Little was able to pursue his college degree through the GI Bill following honorable service to his country. After college, he worked for both the BFGoodrich Company as a tire maker and the Akron Public Library as a researcher. He passed away May 26, 2000. The Robert W. Little Foundation was established through the estate of Robert W. Little.

Dr. Summerfield Baldwin III was both a professor and mentor to Robert W. Little. The Robert W. Little Graduate Fellowship in History honors the lives of Robert W. Little and Dr. Summerfield Baldwin III. It was through Dr. Baldwin’s extraordinary teaching talents that Robert Little developed research skills, a love of history, and the ability to seek and analyze knowledge. Dr. Baldwin served as an inspiration to Robert W. Little and countless other students who were fortunate to be in his classroom.

The Robert W. Little Graduate Fellowship in History was created through a gift from the Robert W. Little Foundation. The fellowship offers talented students the resources needed to complete their graduate studies in history. The University of Akron is grateful to Robert W. Little and the Robert W. Little Foundation trustees for the many lives they touched through the creation of The Robert W. Little Graduate Fellowship in History.

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