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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Hete, Joseph C. & Family Endowed Scholarship

Joseph C. Hete established The Joseph C. Hete & Family Endowed Scholarship to provide opportunity and encouragement for students seeking to achieve life goals through higher education.

Like his six siblings, Mr. Hete is a graduate of The University of Akron. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1976. Today, Mr. Hete is president and CEO of ABX Air Inc., a cargo airline with a fleet of more than 100 aircraft. Mr. Hete has been with ABX Air Inc. since its inception in 1980. He was named president and COO of the company in 2000 and to his present position in 2003. He has been a director of the company since 1988. Mr. Hete is married and the father of four children.

The purpose of The Joseph C. Hete & Family Endowed Scholarship is to provide scholarship support in the form of tuition assistance, books and/or fees, for students in The University of Akron’s College of Business. Applicants for The Joseph C. Hete & Family Endowed Scholarship are expected to be employed on a part- or full-time basis and have a demonstrated financial need. Applicants must submit an essay that visions their future careers. The Joseph C. Hete & Family Scholarship will be awarded by The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration, working in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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