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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Leibensperger, Robert L. Scholarship Fund

Robert L. Leibensperger established The Robert L. Leibensperger Scholarship Fund. All or a portion of the net income from the fund, after payment of all expenses, shall be distributed annually by the Foundation exclusively for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes in the following manner: (a) the income or a portion thereof shall be distributed, during the year following receipt thereof, for a scholarship award or awards as recommended by the Selection Committee; (b) The Selection Committee will be comprised of members of the Department of Mechanical Engineering selected by The University of Akron; (c) the selection Committee will ascertain that recommended recipients are students planning to enroll, or are enrolled, at The University of Akron who are studying in the Mechanical Engineering Department. The Selection Committee shall consider the candidate’s character, academic achievement, and need. Preference shall be given to students who are residents of Stark County, Ohio; (d) The University of Akron Foundation will verify that the recipient is enrolled in mechanical engineering coursework and will use the funds solely for educational expenses for college-level study; (d) Students to whom an award is made shall be notified that the award is “The Robert L. Leibensperger Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering.”

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