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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Martin, Dr. Paul E. Scholarship for Conflict Management

Events in the United States on September 11, 2001, verified the obligation for universities to provide essential programs that support peace and harmony in all spheres of human activity. A champion of this important issue, Dr. Paul E. Martin established The Dr. Paul E. Martin Scholarship for Conflict Management in 2002. Dr. Martin '35 embodied a long-standing commitment to peace and strongly believed in the role conflict management can play in strengthening families and communities, and safeguarding America's prosperity.

The Dr. Paul E. Martin Scholarships for Conflict Management will fortify The University of Akron's objective to foster resilient social, institutional, and global relationships capable of resolving routine conflicts, which, in turn, will enable individuals and organizations to weather serious conflicts. Scholarships of $500 or more will be awarded to promising undergraduates in conflict management. The function of the scholarship is twofold:

  • To open a path for students to undertake conflict management courses as a powerful resource of everyday living and incorporate skills that advance the cause of conflict management, making us all safer
  • To qualify students in the topic of conflict management who wish to pursue this course of study at nationally recognized institutions of higher education

Preference for awards will be given to students who major in conflict management. The director of the Center for Conflict Management and the Office of Student Financial Aid will award scholarships.

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