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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Richards, Dr. Alvin M. Award

Dr. Alvin M. Richards was a member of the College of Engineering's Civil Engineering faculty from 1949-1983. In 1990, he was recognized as the finest teacher in the 75-year history of the College. Dr. Richards served as a structural design consultant and is credited with designing more than 300 buildings. He is remembered fondly by many former students, and Dr. Richards, although retired to Florida, keeps abreast of the university and college and is proud of the accomplishments of his students. 

The Dr. Alvin M. Richards Award will be presented annually to recognize the instructor who best exemplifies excellence in the teaching of basic engineering principles—courses that instill enthusiasm and lay the foundation for student success and achievement. This prestigious award will be presented based on the following criteria: 1. Teachers who qualify for this award must have taught at least one of the following basic engineering classes: Tools for Civil Engineering, Introduction to Civil Engineering Design, Statics, Tools for Mechanical Engineering, Dynamics, Tools for Chemical Engineering, Tools for Biomedical Engineering, Tools for Electrical Engineering, Mechanical of Solids, Material Energy Balance, Engineering Material Lab, Thermal Equilibriums, or Engineering Analysis I; 2. Student’s evaluations will be used to define the quality of teaching; 3. The dean of the College of Engineering, associate dean, or departmental chair can recommend faculty for this award; 4. Students or student organizations can recommend the outstanding instructor for this award; 5. A letter of recommendation is required for this award; and 6. At least one student will be included on the selection committee.

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