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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Milk, Robert and Marjorie Scholarship in Mechanical Polymer Engineering

The Robert and Marjorie Milk Scholarship in Mechanical Polymer Engineering is the inaugural scholarship for the BSMPE program, a degree offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the faculty of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. Mr. and Mrs. Milk, friends of The University of Akron, are longtime residents of Akron and members of the Founder’s Club of the John R. Buchtel Society. During his career with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Mr. Milk served as vice president and corporate officer for General Product Development, followed by product quality and safety, and then materials management. Finally, he served as executive vice president of the corporation and president and CEO of Celeron Corporation, a subsidiary of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. 

The Robert and Marjorie Milk Scholarship in Mechanical Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron is an annual award to be made to a hard-working student in good academic standing in the College of Engineering. The Robert and Marjorie Milk Scholarship shall be awarded with preference given to working and/or married students. All recipients shall be U.S. citizens, and the scholarship may be renewed if warranted by the student’s academic achievement.

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