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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Schoeppner, Staci Ann Memorial Scholarship in Accounting

The Staci Ann Schoeppner Memorial Scholarship in Accounting was established in memory of Staci Ann Schoeppner, class of 1993, by her family. Staci was a warm, friendly person who possessed an intense curiosity about the world around her and a never-ending willingness to help others. She set high goals for herself and knew no limitations. Staci was active in R.H.P.B. and served as her hall treasurer. She was also an active member of the Accounting Association, where she served as director of career sessions. Staci received the Outstanding Senior Award from the Accounting Association and Senior Recognition from The University of Akron prior to graduating from the University with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. Upon graduating, she began to work with the auditing department of Payless Shoe Source, where she had worked while she was studying at the University. Staci was a 1988 graduate of Perry High School, where she became a member of The National Honor Society in her junior year. She was an active member of the marching, concert and symphonic Bands, received Medals of Excellence in solo and ensemble performances, received an Award for Language (Spanish), and was published in WHO'S WHO. She also received the Girl Scout Silver Award. A renewable scholarship shall be awarded to an accounting student in the College of Business Administration who is an active member of the Accounting Association, works at least part time, is active in at least one other campus organization, maintains a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better, and demonstrates financial need. The scholarship recipient shall be selected by the College of Business Administration Scholarship Committee in consultation with an adviser from the Accounting Association and members of the Schoeppner family.

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