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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Gordon, Dora Sapp Scholarship

The Dora Sapp Gordon Scholarship recognizes the lifelong commitment to education and love of alma mater shown by Mrs. Gordon ‘30. As a student at the University, teacher at North High School, instructor for the International Institute, and involved community leader, Mrs. Gordon has touched the lives of people in a meaningful way. Her appreciation of learning guided many young people beginning their lives, immigrants to the United States from throughout the world, and older people who sought to find fulfillment through learning.

The Dora Sapp Gordon Scholarship was established to provide assistance to students enrolled in the University’s Honors Program entering their final year of a baccalaureate degree. First preference is given to a student pursuing a teaching career. This award will be presented annually to a student and will be based primarily on academic achievement (a GPA of 3.50 or better in the major field). Need is to be considered in selecting recipients from those meeting the academic requirements. Reflecting Mrs. Gordon’s years of dedication to community service, an applicant’s volunteer activities will also be considered in the selection process. It is Mrs. Gordon’s desire to offer her support to individuals with a sound grasp of teaching principles, an appreciation of history and the arts, and a sensitivity to the needs of their fellow man. Individuals with these personal characteristics will provide students not merely with the tools to earn a living, but with a desire to improve the quality of their lives.

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