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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Committee for the Future of Civil Engineering Fund

The Committee for the Future of Civil Engineering (CFCE), under the leadership of Mr. Dave Celik, Mr. Mo Darwish, and Mr. Gene Esser, brought together the civil engineering community. The CFCE’s mission is to increase the number of degreed civil engineers available for hire, thereby ensuring the highest quality of service to municipalities, construction managers, and the extended civil engineering community. 

The CFCE seeks to attract the most talented young people to the study of civil engineering. To accomplish this, the committee focused its attention on securing scholarship dollars to recruit and retain these young people to The University of Akron’s Department of Civil Engineering. The CFCE led the formation of the Civil Engineering Advisory Council. The council consists of civil engineering industry leaders who come together on behalf of The University of Akron’s Department of Civil Engineering to promote the quality, strength, and vitality of the department. 

Donors providing gifts of $1,000 and above to The Committee for the Future of Civil Engineering Fund shall be recognized with a scholar named for that entity. For example, The ABC Organization Scholar for 2003 is Josephine Doe, or The John Smith Scholar for 2003 is James Jones. All other gifts shall be recognized with the selection of one or more CFCE Scholars.

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