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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Talbert, Gerard John and Betty Jane Scholarship in Engineering

Originally established in 1998 by J. Michael Talbert, BSChE '70, chairman of the board of Transocean Inc., to honor the memory of his father, The Gerard John and Betty Jane Talbert Scholarship in Engineering was renamed in 2005 to also honor the memory of his mother.

The senior Mr. Talbert retired as a lieutenant of the city of Akron Police Department after 25 years of service. Mrs. Talbert loved people and had a way of making them feel better about themselves. They both believed that a good education, hard work, persistence, and a belief in yourself were the ingredients for success. Recipients of The Gerard John and Betty Jane Talbert Scholarship in Engineering shall exemplify these qualities. In addition, they shall be residents of Greater Akron, exhibit financial need, and maintain a GPA of 3.3 or greater. 

In establishing The Gerard John and Betty Jane Talbert Scholarship in Engineering in tribute to his father and mother, Mike Talbert continues serving his alma mater to the benefit of students who follow in his footsteps. A 1990 College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award holder, Mike is an active participant on the College’s Advancement Council and has given generously of his time for the betterment of the College and the University.

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