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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Regency Construction Scholarship in Civil Engineering

Regency Construction Services Inc. established The Regency Construction Scholarship in Civil Engineering in 2003 under the leadership of Tari S. Rivera. Ms. Rivera is a 1982 graduate of The University of Akron’s College of Engineering and has an MBA from the University’s College of Business Administration. She is currently president and principal partner in Regency Construction Services Inc., which she founded in 1994. Rivera oversees corporate business planning, financial matters, and implementation of company policy for this full-service construction management firm. Ms. Rivera is a strong supporter of the College’s Women in Engineering Program. She has served as a mentor to students in the program and was the founding chair of the Women in Engineering Advisory Council. 

The Regency Construction Scholarship, valued at $3000, shall be awarded to one undergraduate student in the Department of Civil Engineering with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.3. Applicants will complete an essay telling a little about their background and why they should receive the Regency Scholarship. The candidates for selection will be compiled by the engineering dean’s office in conjunction with the Department of Civil Engineering. The Regency Scholarship recipient shall be selected by the principals of Regency Construction from the list of three to five applicants culled from all applicants for the scholarship. The preference is to award the scholarship to an incoming freshman, assuming an essay can be chosen from this group. If not, the scholarship will be awarded to a continuing sophomore. The recipient will be eligible to renew the scholarship each year as long as he or she continues to meet the requirements.

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