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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Davis, Craig Memorial Scholarship in Electrical Engineering

The endowed Craig Davis Memorial Scholarship in Electrical Engineering was established in memory of Craig Davis, class of 1987. During his short life, Craig touched and altered the lives of many people throughout the world. This scholarship was endowed by Craig’s parents and many friends to keep alive his spirit and example of helping, encouraging others, and living life to the fullest. Craig was a friendly, warm, caring, and sensitive individual. He possessed an inner drive to excel, exemplified by his scholastic achievements and professional accomplishments. He graduated from The University of Akron as an honors student with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. He was a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi, and at the time of his death he was pursuing a master of science in electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Craig set high standards and goals for himself and then lived his life to meet these goals. He was a positive influence on many people during his life. Through this scholarship fund, Craig’s concern for others will be perpetuated. The scholarship shall be awarded to the third-year electrical engineering student with the highest cumulative GPA who is a full-time student and is receiving a University honors scholarship. The recipient shall be selected by the department head for electrical engineering and the dean of the College of Engineering.

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