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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Harvey, John F. Pressure Vessel Award

The John F. Harvey Pressure Vessel Award was established by John F. Harvey, retired adjunct professor of mechanical engineering, The University of Akron, and assistant manager of nuclear and special products engineering, The Babcock and Wilcox Company. Mr. Harvey introduced the University’s course on Pressure Vessel Design and wrote its textbooks. Mr. Harvey is the 1979 recipient of the J. Hall Taylor Medal for outstanding contributions in the design and construction of nuclear power plant equipment and the 1985 recipient of the ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping Award for his advancements in design methods. Author of several textbooks on pressure vessel design, Mr. Harvey established this award to recognize talented students studying in the field.

The award will be presented to the undergraduate or graduate student with a high interest in pressure vessel design, stress analysis, fabrication, or construction as evidenced by his/her writing a paper pertaining to a facet thereof. The winner of The John F. Harvey Pressure Vessel Award will receive the Harvey Medal, as well as a monetary purse of at least $1,000. The award will not be given more than once a year.

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