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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Fulton, Walter Ernest, Robin Wood Fulton, and Robert Harrison Fulton Scholarship Fund

The Walter Ernest Fulton, Robin Wood Fulton, and Robert Harrison Fulton Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 through a generous bequest from Robert Harrison Fulton, son of Walter and Robin. Robert Harrison Fulton, class of ’33, was a graduate of The University of Akron with a B.A. in economics. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, as well as tennis champion and team captain. Following graduation, he began his career in private business with B.F.Goodrich as regional sales and advertising manager and credit manager in Atlanta for five years. He served his country during World War II and at some point decided to leave private business to pursue a career in education. Attending Stanford University from 1954 to 1958, Mr. Fulton earned his M.A. in education and psychology and an Ed.D. in education and administration. 

Mr. Fulton’s historic family background—as a direct descendant of Benjamin Harrison, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a direct descendant of Robert Fulton, father of the steamboat—led to his lifelong interest and study of American history. He was a member and past president of several Masonic fraternal organizations and held leadership positions at the national and state levels of the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. These activities were in addition to a professional career that spanned 35 years in the public schools of Ohio and California, where he was an administrator, counselor, public relations director, psychologist, and teacher of American History. Selection of award recipients is to be made by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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