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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Wilson, G. E. and M. P. Wilson Award

The G. E. Wilson and M. P. Wilson Award was established in 2003 to provide opportunities to graduate students doing NMR research in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Akron. Friends and family of G. Edwin Wilson created this award to honor and remember the impact he had on the lives of others.

Dr. Wilson was born in Philadelphia, Pa., moved to New Jersey with his parents, and graduated from Bridgeton High School in 1957. He received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961 and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1964. As a professor of chemistry and graduate mentor, Dr. Wilson touched the lives of students at the Polytechnic Institute of New York, Clarkson University, Rockefeller University, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Washington University in Saint Louis.

In 1984 Dr. Wilson came to The University of Akron and assumed the position of Chairman of the Department of Chemistry. He continued in this role until 1996. During his tenure as Chairman, Dr. Wilson affected the transformation of the Chemistry Department from one that was small and research inactive and awarded mainly masters degrees, into one that grants primarily doctoral degrees, enjoys federal grant support, and a recognition of excellence. He was instrumental in establishing a world-class nuclear magnetic resonance laboratory at the University. Throughout his lifetime, Dr. Wilson dedicated himself to helping others through biochemical research. When he retired from the University in 2000, he was the associate provost for research. Dr. Wilson served as an elected member of the Governing Board for the Council for Chemical Research and as a member of the MIT Educational Council. After his retirement, he continued to dedicate his time to mentoring students and public service, until he passed away at age 64, on December 10, 2003, at his home in Medina. His illness was brief, intense and, as was his style, approached with great courage.

Dr. Wilson was internationally known through his lectures, research, publications, and participation in national and international professional organizations. He was married for more than 42 years to his wife, Marcia, and also is survived by children: Kristine Susan Beard and her husband, Scott, of Canton; Karin Elaine Rilley and her husband, Michael, of Columbus; Jennifer Lynn Beaven and her husband, Matthew, of Akron; and Kiersten Beth Wilson of Medina. He also is survived by grandchildren: Sean Wilson and Zachary Paul Rilley, and Nicholas William and Connor Michael Beaven.

The G. E. Wilson and M. P. Wilson Award will provide financial assistance to graduate students in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Akron engaged in NMR research. Each year, a committee of faculty members in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry will select student recipients. The award will be used to provide a supplement to the standard graduate student stipend. Selection of the awardees will be based on merit and the students’ potential to make significant contributions to science through their work.

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