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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McNeil, Dr. Robert C. Memorial Scholarship for The Dr. Theodore T. Duke Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Robert C. McNeil was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He was born September 5, 1931, and attended and graduated from Garfield High School. He attended The University of Akron and graduated with a B.A. in history in 1953. He later received his doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania. While attending The University of Akron, Dr. McNeil was a student of Dr. Theodore T. Duke in the Classics Department. Dr. McNeil thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Duke's classes, and they later became friends. When Dr. McNeil returned to The University of Akron to teach Eastern Civilization, he brought with him an enthusiasm and style of teaching that he had learned from his mentor, Dr. Duke. Dr. McNeil was highly regarded by his students during his tenure at The University of Akron. In his free time, he was an avid fisherman and spent time fishing in Canada. Dr. McNeil passed away September 14, 1978. This memorial fund was created in his memory by his mother, Marian E. McNeil. Dr. McNeil is fondly remembered through this memorial by his friends, his family, and his daughter, Beth Anne McNeil. The Dr. Robert C. McNeil Memorial Scholarship is to provide funds to be awarded with The Dr. Theodore T. Duke Memorial Scholarship.

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