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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HMK Scholarship Award for Women in Engineering

The HMK Scholarship Award for Women in Engineering was established to support women interested in pursuing a career in the engineering field. As a graduate from The University of Akron’s College of Engineering, the donor appreciates the quality of the engineering program and understands the importance of supporting females in engineering.

The scholarship provides one undergraduate scholarship award annually, as determined by the donor, to a deserving woman pursuing a degree in engineering. The requirements for this award are demonstration of financial need and the completion of at least 32 credit hours. In addition to intellect, a career in engineering requires attributes such as creativity and having a sense for the human factor. Each year, at the discretion of the donor, a scholarship will be awarded to the woman who best demonstrates these qualities. Students interested in being considered for The HMK Scholarship Award must complete an application and submit an essay that reflects the previously mentioned attributes. The HMK Scholarship recipient will be selected by The HMK Scholarship Committee. The HMK Scholarship application form and essay topic may be revised on a yearly basis.

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