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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Murphy Jr., Dr. William R. Endowed Scholarship

Dr. William R. Murphy Jr. graduated from The University of Akron in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Following a brief stint as a chemist at Firestone Rubber Company, he attended the George Washington University Medical School. After his residency and internship, he started his practice in internal medicine, sharing an office across the street from Akron City Hospital with his brother, Dr. John Murphy. The brothers retired in 1992, after more than 35 years of compassionate care for their patients. William R. Murphy Jr. passed away in July 2002 after a long and heroic battle with cancer.

The family of William R. Murphy Jr. established The Dr. William R. Murphy Jr. Endowed Scholarship in sincere appreciation for the impact he has had on their lives. The Dr. William R. Murphy Jr. Endowed Scholarship wishes to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences majoring in chemistry, with preference to those demonstrating a sincere interest in pursuing a medical degree upon completion of undergraduate studies. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 to qualify for this scholarship. Grants will cover tuition, fees, books, room and board, all or in part. The Office of Student Financial Aid will select the scholarship recipients.

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