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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Akron City Hospital’s School of Nursing Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Akron City Hospital's School of Nursing Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund was established through the generosity of the Alumni Association of Akron City Hospital's School of Nursing. The Alumni Association has long recognized the importance of higher education in the nursing profession. Throughout its 104-year history, Akron City Hospital's School of Nursing has singularly contributed to the physical well-being of the community through its commitment to excellence in the helping profession. The Akron City Hospital's School of Nursing Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship will continue the school's legacy of academic excellence and community service. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduate of Akron City Hospital's School of Nursing, who is in pursuit of a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing at The University of Akron’s College of Nursing. Although preference will be given to a diploma graduate of Akron City Hospital's School of Nursing, other nursing students are encouraged to apply. The scholarship will be awarded according to academic merit and financial need. The recipient must maintain a minimum GPA in keeping with the particular nursing program sequence and can be enrolled on a full- or part-time basis. The Scholarship Committee of The University of Akron's College of Nursing will determine the recipient of The Akron City Hospital's School of Nursing Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship. Additionally, the Scholarship Committee will notify the Alumni Association annually of the Akron City Hospital's School of Nursing scholarship recipient. It is further understood that the scholarships will be awarded regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or national origin.

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