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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Akron Press Club Scholarship Program

The Akron Press Club Scholarship Program was created in 1999 by the board of The Akron Press Club to recognize colleges and universities within a five-county area that actively support the Press Club. For the first five years of the program, an annual award will be presented to a deserving junior or senior student who is majoring in communications, journalism, or public relations at The University of Akron. The annual award will increase for the sixth and subsequent years of the program.

To be eligible, a student must have junior or senior status at The University of Akron during the semester in which the award will be paid; demonstrate outstanding academic performance as evidenced by his or her academic transcript; be pursuing a declared major in communications, journalism, or public relations; and show professional promise through a track record of involvement in professional work or internships or student activities related to the field; samples of work, and an essay describing plans for a career in communications, journalism, or public relations. Based upon the aforementioned criteria, the University's scholarship committee will select a recipient. A student may receive the award a maximum of two times by going through the application and review process, but the award cannot be renewed automatically.

The Akron Press Club Scholarship will be promoted in all literature concerning awards and in presentations to prospective students. A member of the Press Club's Board will be present to make the award, and each annual award will be publicized by the University with prominent mention of The Akron Press Club.

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