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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Robinson, Arthur L. Memorial Chemistry Scholarship

The Arthur L. Robinson Memorial Chemistry Scholarship was established to commemorate the life-long career of Mr. Robinson. Arthur L. "Robbie" Robinson was born in 1920 in Greentown, Ohio. He was a 1938 graduate of Akron’s Garfield High School. His father passed away when he was 17. He paid his way through college by working nights at one of the local BFGoodrich plants. He attended The University of Akron and was one of 14 students to graduate with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1942.

Mr. Robinson then began his career as a lab chemist at BFGoodrich. He enjoyed several promotions, eventually becoming chief chemist at the BFGoodrich facility in Texas. He returned to Akron in 1945 as chief chemist for BFGoodrich Chemical Company. In 1949, he took a position with Harwick Standard Chemical Company. During his career there he held positions in sales, as a branch manager, and vice president in Illinois. He returned to Akron headquarters as national sales manager in 1963. He later was promoted to executive vice president, then president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors. Mr. Robinson remained chairman from 1975 until his retirement in 1986. Mr. Robinson always credited his success to honesty, hard work, and the good start he received in his career in chemistry at The University of Akron. He was a lifelong advocate of the benefits of higher education and always encouraged friends, employees, and relatives to continue their education. He believed his classes in chemistry taught him logical thinking, which benefited him in chemistry, in business, and in life.

The Arthur L. Robinson Memorial Chemistry Scholarship is to be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student in his/her junior or senior year who is from Summit, Medina, Wayne, Stark, Tuscarawas, or Geauga counties. The recipient must maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher, show financial need, and demonstrate a high standard of personal integrity.

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