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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Stevens, Dr. Henry C. and Mrs. Jean Chemistry Fellowship

The Dr. Henry C. and Mrs. Jean Stevens Chemistry Fellowship was established in 2006 by Dr. Henry C. and Jean Stevens. Henry Stevens, an industrial scientist and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, has 39 patents to his name and has served The University of Akron for more than 30 years.

In 2003, Dr. Stevens was recognized by the University with the Arts and Sciences Chairs’ Award for Adjunct Faculty Service. Many of the students Dr. Stevens taught have gone on to become leaders in their fields. Dr. Stevens’ experience as an industrial scientist, senior supervisor, and manager of university research and development with PPG Industries helped him to teach students “science in the world outside,” which brings out the best abilities of his students.

Henry and Jean Stevens wish to demonstrate their strong commitment to academic excellence at the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry. The Dr. Henry C. Stevens and Mrs. Jean Stevens Chemistry Fellowship provides support to one or more graduate students in chemistry. The student will receive a grant toward his/her educational expenses above and beyond tuition and fee expenses. The specific purpose of the fellowship is to attract highly qualified students into the Ph.D. program in chemistry. Selections will be made by the chair of the Department of Chemistry and will be based on scholastic achievement, superior character, and leadership.

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