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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Zook, Steven C. Memorial Scholarship in Engineering

The Steven C. Zook Memorial Scholarship in Engineering was established in 1993 by his friends, co-workers, and family. Steve was a warm, friendly person, who possessed an intense curiosity about the world around him and a willingness to help others. He set high goals and knew no limitations. Steve was a 1986 graduate of Massillon Perry High School. He graduated from The University of Akron as an Honors student with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. He served as president of Eta Kappa Nu and was a member of Tau Beta Pi.

At the time of his death, Steve was employed at NASA Lewis Research Center as a software engineer. While at NASA, he served on the Mars Observer Launch Team and worked with members of the Sverdrup Technology Group on the SAMPIE project. He also was pursuing further studies at The University of Akron and working as a volunteer in the emergency room at Akron General Medical Center.

The scholarship will support an undergraduate student who is enrolled in the College of Engineering. The scholarship will be awarded to one freshman and will support this student for four years or five years, if the recipient participates in the College’s co-operative education program. It is the donors' intention to support one student from his or her freshman year until graduation. This award will be applied to tuition only.

The recipient should meet the following qualifications:

  1. The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student in the College of Engineering.
  2. The qualifying freshman must have at least a 3.25 high school accumulative GPA.
  3. The qualifying sophomores through seniors must maintain a 3.25 college accumulative GPA.
  4. The recipient must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the state of Ohio.
  5. Preference may be given to a graduate of a Stark County high school.

Once awarded, the student will receive the scholarship on a permanent basis as long as he or she continues to meet the above qualifications. The College of Engineering will make the selection of the Zook scholar and will notify the Zook family of the selection.

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