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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Richards '48, Dr. A. M. and Nina Mamay Richards '49 Endowed Scholarship Fund in Civil Engineering, Biology and Music

The Dr. A. M. Richards '48 and Nina Mamay Richards '49 Endowed Scholarship Fund in Civil Engineering, Biology and Music was established in 1996 by a gift from Dr. and Mrs. A. M. Richards. Dr. Richards was a member of the civil engineering faculty from 1949 to 1983. At its 75th anniversary in 1990, the College of Engineering chose him as best teacher in the history of the College. Dr. Richards also served as a structural design consultant and designed more than 300 buildings. Nina Mamay Richards earned a bachelor's degree in biology (1949) and was a bacteriologist for the city of Akron until 1954. She taught microbiology at Cuyahoga Falls High School (1973-1983) and received a master's degree in education in 1980. Their children, Martin '77 and Karen '76, received degrees from the School of Music. Martin earned his master's degree in music in 1980.

The scholarships are to be awarded annually and are renewable for one year upon review. Recipients must be full-time undergraduate civil engineering students in upper college, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher, and be U.S. citizens. The scholarships will be awarded upon basis of scholarship, character, and need and shall be administered by the scholarship committee of the Civil Engineering Department, Department of Biology, and School of Music. The funds shall pay full tuition costs plus 10 percent additionally for textbooks and incidentals.

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