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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Brodbeck, Carol A. Nursing Scholarship

The Carol A. Brodbeck Nursing Scholarship was established in 2006 by her family following Carol’s untimely death on August 9, 2006. This scholarship is to be used in support of a student attending The University of Akron in the accelerated nursing program. The award is given to a student currently enrolled in the accelerated BSN nursing program. Recipients are selected based on their involvement in the profession, demonstration of nursing values, and contributions to the community. Recipients will be selected by the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Nursing, in collaboration with the Brodbeck family.

A nurse by profession, Carol worked in the medical system for more than 35 years. She graduated from St. Vincent High School and received her diploma in nursing from St. Thomas Hospital School of Nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Louis University and a master’s in nursing from The University of Akron in 1991. She was the recipient of the Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award and Mary Gladwin Award for Outstanding Graduate Student of Nursing from The University of Akron. Carol began teaching at The University of Akron in 2006, running the accelerated nursing program. Prior to her employment at the University, she worked for Visiting Nurse Service (VSN) since 1992, helping to establish VSN as the first center in the state for home care for diabetics.

Married for 32 years and lifelong friends, Carol’s husband, Robert, along with their sons, Daniel and Patrick, established this scholarship to honor Carol’s passion and love of life, as well as her dedication, knowledge, and compassion for the nursing profession.

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