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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McMinn, Robert and Janet Scholarship

Robert McMinn ’72 and his wife, Janet, established The Robert and Janet McMinn Scholarship in 2004 to assist students pursuing degrees in accounting in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration. An active alumni volunteer and benefactor of the College of Business Administration, Mr. McMinn is past chairman of the College’s Advancement Council and has been a member of the Council since 1991. He also has served as the chairman of the College of Business Administration Alumni Board and as a member of the University’s National Alumni Board. He was instrumental in the establishment of the College of Business Administration Alumni Scholarship (now the Frank L. Simonetti Scholarship) and has been a frequent guest lecturer in the Professor for a Day program. As a partner in the accounting firm of Ciulla, Smith & Dale, Mr. McMinn is a tremendous advocate for University of Akron accounting students, offerering numerous students valuable practical experience through internships with the firm.

Establishing a scholarship to assist students in their academic pursuits in The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration is another example of the McMinn’s commitment to student success. In selecting scholarship recipients, first preference will be given to junior or senior accounting majors who are graduates of the following high schools: Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio (Mr. McMinn’s alma mater); Lorain County Joint Vocational School in Oberlin, Ohio (Mrs. McMinn’s longtime employer); and students from North Ridgeville High School in North Ridgeville, Ohio (Mrs. McMinn’s alma mater and the community where the McMinns reside). Should no applicants who meet this requirement apply, preference then will go to junior or senior accounting majors with no regard to their high school alma mater. Selection will be made by the chair of the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy, with input from Mr. and Mrs. McMinn during their lifetimes.

Students should apply in writing to the College of Business Administration scholarship committee to express their interest in The Robert and Janet McMinn Scholarship and to indicate their need for financial assistance.

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