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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Strumski, Peggy J. Endowed Scholarship

Mrs. Peggy J. (Eckstein) Strumski was born in Willard, Ohio, and was a 1967 graduate of Willard High School. She was a member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Norwalk, Ohio. She retired in 1995 from PolyOne as an executive secretary when she moved to Roscoe, Ill. Peggy Strumski passed away unexpectedly in 2002 at the age of 52.

The Peggy J. Strumski Endowed Scholarship was created by her family members in her memory for the generous and loving person that she was. It is their hope that it will benefit students studying medicine so that they can perhaps prevent sudden death incidents from happening to other people and their loved ones. The Peggy J. Strumski Endowed Scholarship wishes to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, with preference to those demonstrating a sincere interest in pursuing a medical degree upon completion of undergraduate studies. Students must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to qualify for this scholarship. Grants will cover tuition, fees and books, as well as room and board, all or in part. To be considered, students must write a brief essay explaining why they wish to pursue a medical degree. The Office of Student Financial Aid will identify candidates, and recipients will be selected by Peggy’s daughter, Melissa Ewell-Beaudet.

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