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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Dubick, Robert A. Memorial Scholarship

Conni Dubick, wife of the late Dr. Robert A. Dubick, established The Robert A. Dubick Memorial Scholarship, previously known as The Robert A. Dubick Memorial Scholarship for Ethical Leadership in Education, in honor of Dr. Dubick's personal and professional commitment to educational leadership.

Dr. Robert A. Dubick joined The University of Akron family in 1985 as associate provost and dean of student services. As the University’s leading champion for students, he built and cherished strong ties with students and staff and was a tireless advocate for enhancing the quality of student life. Through his local, state, and national leadership in student affairs, Dr. Dubick developed a deep concern regarding the devastating effects of alcohol and drug abuse upon college students. He became a highly sought-after lecturer and consultant in this field. In 1993, Dr. Dubick was named associate professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership. He quickly became a beloved mainstay of the Higher Education Administration program. He embraced the faculty life, which allowed him to continue his research and to guide a new generation of student affairs leaders into the profession. 

The Robert A. Dubick Memorial Scholarship was established to honor Dr. Dubick’s personal and professional commitment to ethical and principled educational leadership. In January 2013, Conni Dubick decided to redirect the use of The Robert A. Dubick Memorial Scholarship to assist students in paying for their Teacher Performance Assessment. The momentum of new state of Ohio requirements moving toward a common assessment for all students prompted Mrs. Dubick's desire to assist in this regard. The primary purpose of student teacher assessments is to develop a nationally available assessment of teaching that will lead to performance improvement of teacher candidates.

This assessment is mandated by the state of Ohio, and all pre-service teachers are required to submit beginning in the fall of 2013. The student fee for this state assessment is currently $300. The $300 fee may be a hardship for some in addition to other University and licensure fees. The Robert A. Dubick Memorial Scholarship fund will provide scholarships of $300 each. The scholarship recipients will be chosen by representatives of the College of Education annually. The number of students assisted at $300 will be determined by the availability of funds.

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