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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Bozzelli, Madeline Scholarship

The Madeline Bozzelli Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who is majoring in marketing, public relations, or one of the fine arts—music, dance, theatre or art. The scholarship was established in 1999 by Libert Bozzelli to recognize his wife’s lifelong community involvement and her interest in education. Because of their volunteerism, the Bozzellis wish to encourage University of Akron students to become involved in their University and community. The annual scholarship will be given to a full-time undergraduate student, regardless of need, with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Recipients must have demonstrated involvement in University organizations and in their community. The University’s Scholarship Committee will select the recipient in cooperation with the dean of the College of Business Administration and the dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

Madeline, who was named an honorary alumna in 1990, has served a multitude of civic organizations, including the following board memberships: Akron Symphony Orchestra, United Way, Friends of Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital Community Board, St. Thomas Hospital Women’s Board, Summit County Democratic Party, International Institute, Ohio Ballet Board and Women’s Board, American Heart Association, Project Learn, Soapbox Derby, Ohio Erie Canal, Family Services, The Blind Center, and The American Cancer Society. She also has volunteered for Inventure Place. Madeline has been credited for helping raise millions of dollars in her 30 years as a volunteer. Madeline and Libert have four grown children and live in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

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