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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Rasmussen Jr., Harold Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Harold Rasmussen Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 in memory of Harold Rasmussen Jr. by Quaker Square Properties. Harold was the architect and a partner involved in the design and development of the Quaker Square complex, a historic landmark that opened in 1975, and the Hilton Hotel, which was built in the silos in 1980. Both properties, located adjacent to The University of Akron, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 

Harold was a partner in the group that acquired the empty factory buildings from the Quaker Oats Company in 1973. His creative ideas aided in gaining worldwide attention for the city of Akron, and his design won many national architectural awards for this historic and unique property. Harold also designed many other landmark properties throughout Summit County that were recognized for their creative design. Harold remained the architect for the Quaker Square complex until his death in 1999. 

Associates and friends of Quaker Square will miss Harold’s warm smile and creative nature, but his creation will continue to be enjoyed as one of Akron’s leading attractions for many years to come. Harold’s generosity of spirit was extended to all of his coworkers and associates, and he enjoyed sharing his knowledge from experience with students and young professionals. Through this scholarship, a tribute to his memory, Harold’s concern for others will be perpetuated.

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