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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Hayes, Michael T. College of Nursing Scholarship

The inaugural Michael T. Hayes College of Nursing Scholarship will be offered to a June 2003 graduating senior from Akron East High School to enroll in the College of Nursing at The University of Akron.

The scholarship will be awarded by Mr. Michael T. Hayes in the amount of $500 for each of the first two semesters, in the amount of $700 for each of the third and fourth semesters, in the amount of $900 for each of the fifth and sixth semesters, and in the amount of $1,000 for each of the final two semesters.

To qualify, the high school student must have (a) a minimum high school GPA of 2.75 after seven semesters, (b) a minimum composite ACT score of 20 or a minimum composite SAT score of 950, (c) an unconditional acceptance for admission to The University of Akron, and (d) a brief interview with the scholarship sponsor. On a separate page, the candidate will answer the question, “Why are you seeking admission to the College of Nursing?” The essay need not exceed 200 words.

The candidate is required to provide two letters of recommendation answering the question, “In what way would this candidate benefit from this scholarship?” One recommendation must be from a teacher, counselor, or administrator at East High. The second recommendation must be from someone in the community who knows the candidate, such as an employer, member of the clergy, a volunteer coordinator, and so forth, but not a family member. Each letter must be signed, dated, and list the address and phone number of its author.

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