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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Brown, Bacari K. Sales Scholarship

The Bacari K. Brown Sales Scholarship, established in April 2007 but awarded in 2006, was created to financially support students in the Ronald R. and Diane C. Fisher Institute for Professional Selling in the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron. Bacari K. Brown received a BSBA in marketing management in 2003 from The University of Akron. Bacari is a stellar sales professional with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Recipient must be a full-time student in good standing with the Institute, exhibit noticeable financial need, and preferably have a strong GPA. The student’s character is of utmost importance. The recipient must be tenacious, charismatic, hard-working, and goal-oriented. He or she must be aware that the college learning experience takes place both inside and outside of the classroom and be able to stand out in a crowd.

The scholarship recipient will be selected by Brown and/or the director of the Fisher Institute for Professional Selling. The recipient will receive one half of the award in the fall term and the remaining half in the spring term. The scholarship can be awarded through the recipient’s senior year, if applicable.

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