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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Nixon, G. Gary Scholarship

G. Gary Nixon established The G. Gary Nixon Scholarship in 1998 to financially assist others seeking to earn a civil engineering degree. As an undergraduate, Gary received an academic scholarship and was the recipient of a fellowship to attend graduate school. The recipient of The University of Akron’s College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994, Gary received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1965 from The University of Akron and a master of engineering (civil) degree from Cornell University in 1966. 

Gary served in the United States Army as Post Sanitary Engineer at Fort Knox, Ky., rising to the rank of captain. 

In 1969, he joined the consulting engineering firm of Finkbeiner, Pettis & Strout Inc. He was elected a principal of the firm in 1980 and a member of the Board of Directors in 1988. He served as first vice president of the Board of Directors from 1993 to 2003. He retired in 2003 as the largest shareholder of the privately held firm, which had nine offices in four states when the firm merged with an international consulting firm. 

Gary is a member of Rotary International and a life member of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Water Works Association. During his engineering career, he was an active member of many industry trade associations and was a registered Professional Engineer in seven states. He maintains Professional Engineer status in Ohio and North Carolina. 

In retirement, Gary is active as a member of the Board of Directors of several nonprofit civic organizations in Greensboro, N.C., and is a licensed real estate broker.

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