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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Posilovich, Daniel Scholarship in Civil Engineering

The Daniel Posilovich Scholarship in Civil Engineering was created by Mr. Posilovich in 2002 in appreciation for the scholarship assistance he received at The University of Akron while he was an undergraduate student. Mr. Posilovich, BSCE ’76, credits his education at the University as being a significant factor in his successful career as a real estate developer. A native of New York, Mr. Posilovich was brought to The University of Akron via the Muehlestein Scholarship Program that recruited talented young people from the New York City area to study at the University. 

Mr. Posilovich feels that this generous scholarship made it possible for him to attain his degree and wished to express his gratitude by creating this scholarship. The Posilovich Scholarship provides for students to realize their goals and achieve the success that they can accomplish only with scholarship support. The Posilovich Scholarship shall be awarded annually to a deserving student in the Department of Civil Engineering. This student shall be in good standing in the College of Engineering and will be chosen by the Department Scholarship Committee in conjunction with the College of Engineering dean’s office.

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