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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Wolfe, Dr. Alvin C. Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry

The Dr. Alvin C. Wolfe Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry was created in 2005 through the generosity of Dr. Alvin C. Wolfe to assist deserving students pursuing graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry.

Dr. Alvin C. Wolfe was a member of The University of Akron Department of Chemistry faculty from 1942 to 1956. While working with The University of Akron, Dr. Wolfe spent 31 months serving his country in World War II. He went on to work with Akron City Hospital from 1956 to 1960 and General Tire from 1960 to 1972. He received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

As a chemist who has made contributions in academia, health, business and service to his country, Dr. Alvin C. Wolfe demonstrates the value of higher education in the creation of new knowledge, economic growth, and the fulfillment of human potential. Through Dr. Wolfe’s meaningful investment in higher education, The Dr. Alvin C. Wolfe Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry will offer talented students the resources needed to complete their graduate studies in chemistry.

Dr. Alvin C. Wolfe fellows must be students of the Department of Chemistry and in good academic standing at The University of Akron. The Department of Chemistry will select The Dr. Alvin C. Wolfe Fellowship recipients based on academic merit.

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