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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Lauer, Martin P. Scholarship in Engineering

The Martin P. Lauer Scholarship in Engineering was established in 1999 in memory of Martin P. Lauer, an architect and building leader in Akron, by his widow, Miriam Lauer, and her sister, Geraldine Spiggle. It was their hope that the Lauer Scholarship would encourage young people to achieve the degree of professionalism and community service that guided Mr. Lauer’s career.

Mr. Lauer came to Akron from Cleveland in 1913. His early reputation was established by his work on the Summit County Home, a number of schools, and other public buildings. When Congress passed the Wagner-Steagall Housing Act providing matching funds for communities to build low-income family housing, Mr. Lauer spearheaded the creation of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority. Mr. Lauer became the Authority’s first director and oversaw its operations until his retirement in 1961. His service was recognized with the naming of the Akron Metropolitan Senior Housing Martin P. Lauer Apartment Building. An Akron Beacon Journal editorial noted Mr. Lauer as a “man of vision” stating “his years as director [of the AMHA] encompassed the building of Elizabeth Park and other public housing projects, valiant efforts to cope with the housing shortage during World War II, the unusual experience of managing day-care centers for the children of war workers, and finally the initiation of an imaginative program of housing especially designed for elderly retired persons. In the years since 1937, poor families without number have had decent housing because Mr. Lauer was alert to the benefits of the Wagner-Steagall Act.”

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