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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Robinson, Roy E. and Geraldine M. Scholarship Fund

Geraldine Robinson established her scholarship,The Roy E. and Geraldine M. Robinson Scholarship Fund, in memory of her husband, Roy, in 1996. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson each worked as educators for their entire professional careers. Mrs. Robinson spent most of her 50 years in education teaching second grade in the Cuyahoga Falls school system. Mr. Robinson taught history, social studies, and industrial arts in the Barberton School system. Mr. Robinson spent the last 17 years of his career at the University. For this reason, Mrs. Robinson has provided her support to help bring outstanding students preparing for a career in the teaching profession to The University of Akron. Robinson scholars are to be full-time students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 who intend to be educators. Provided a Robinson scholar retains a GPA of 3.5 or above and continues academic preparation for a teaching career, they may be eligible for consideration of continued support from the Robinson Scholarship until graduation. It is the donor's intention her scholarship be used by the University to attract outstanding students to pursue careers in education. The funds may be used for tuition, books, fees, and living expenses. Selection of recipients is to be made by the Office of Financial Aid.

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