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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Vukovich, Dr. Diane and Dr. Thomas J. Endowed Scholarship in Education

The Dr. Diane and Dr. Thomas J. Vukovich Endowed Scholarship in Education was created in 2007 and revised in 2016. Diane received her doctorate from The University of Akron, where she served as director of developmental programs. Tom served the University as associate provost for student and enrollment services. The couple are longtime supporters of many programs at The University of Akron and active in the Association of The University of Akron Retirees. Both are members of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society, and Tom was the recipient of the society’s Meritorious Service Certificate and Distinguished Service Key in 2002. In addition, Diane and Tom served as co-chairs of the 2000-10 University of Akron Family Campaign.

The Dr. Diane and Dr. Thomas J. Vukovich Endowed Scholarship in Education will be awarded to an undergraduate student in the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education who plans to teach math or science. The recipient must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0. The scholarship is renewable. Award recipients will be selected by the Scholarship Committee in the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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