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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Suarez Corporation Industries Scholarship for Direct Marketing

The Suarez Corporation Industries Scholarship for Director Marketing was established in 1997 by Suarez Corporation Industries (SCI) and Benjamin D. Suarez, an alumnus of The University of Akron. Since SCI regularly recruits University of Akron graduates, this scholarship is designed to promote the study of direct marketing. Twelve scholarships for tuition and materials are provided each semester for students in the Direct Marketing course in the College of Business Administration. Qualified applicants will be business students who will have attained sophomore, junior, or senior standing by fall 1997. First preference will be given to marketing majors. Scholarship selection is dependent upon learning ability, judgment, creativity, the ability to envision things that do not yet exist, verbal skills, ambition, drive, persistence, the entrepreneurial spirit, and salesmanship. The process of recipient selection for scholarship will be jointly conducted by the Department of Marketing and the SCI Education Manager. Direct marketing is a term describing "remote" sales to prospective customers where advertising costs and sales results are measured and reported in a timely manner. Used by most Fortune 500 Companies, consumer and business-to-business direct marketing growth is outpacing total U.S. sales growth. Areas of course study include direct mail, catalog, telemarketing, television, newspaper, magazine, internet, computer database, customer and prospect segmentation, research, testing, and customer lifetime value.

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