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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KS Associates Scholarship for Women in Engineering

KS Associates Inc. established The KS Associates Scholarship for Women in Engineering in 2005 under the leadership of Lynn S. Miggins, president and majority owner. The firm provides civil engineering and land surveying services to public- and private-sector clients throughout Ohio. Under Lynn’s leadership since 1987, KS Associates has built an impressive client portfolio that includes top retailers, commercial and residential developers, and municipalities throughout Northern Ohio. In 2005, Lynn was named to the Top Ten Women Business Owners by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Cleveland. Under her direction, KS Associates is consistently recognized for its growth and leadership demonstrated through awards, including the Weatherhead 100, Golden 30, and Inside Business NEO Success Award. 

The KS Associates Scholarship for Women in Engineering, valued at $2,500, shall be awarded to one female civil engineering student with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and at least sophomore status. Each applicant will complete an essay telling a little about her background and why she should receive The KS Associates Scholarship. The KS Associates Scholarship recipient shall be selected by the Women in Engineering Program, with comments from the principals of KS Associates. Previous recipients will be eligible to reapply.

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