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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Atwood, Dr. Glenn A. and Dr. Mary Ellen Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Glenn A. and Dr. Mary Ellen Atwood Scholarship Fund at The University of Akron was revised in 2004. The scholarship originally was created in 1996 by Drs. Glenn and Mary Ellen Atwood in support for married students attending the University. Dr. Glenn A. Atwood retired from the University in 1989 as professor of chemical engineering. He also served as acting dean of the College of Engineering from 1988 to 1989. Dr. Glenn A. Atwood currently serves as associate dean emeritus of the College of Engineering and professor emeritus of chemical engineering. Dr. Mary Ellen Atwood also retired from the University in 1994 as professor in the College of Education. She currently serves as professor emeritus of education. 

Drs. Glenn and Mary Ellen Atwood wish to offer financial assistance to married individuals pursuing a degree at the University. Drs. Atwood met and married during their undergraduate studies, thus giving them an appreciation for the difficulties faced by these individuals. Scholarship awards will be granted yearly to one deserving student majoring in early childhood education/child development and to one deserving student in chemical engineering. Student recipients are to be selected by the Office of Student Financial Aid, the College of Education, College of Fine and Applied Arts, and the College of Engineering.

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