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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Snider, Larry D./Caroline J. Pardee Endowed Fund for Percussion

The Larry D. Snider/Caroline J. Pardee Endowed Fund for Percussion is established in memory of University benefactor Miss Caroline J. Pardee to honor Dr. Larry D. Snider, founder of The University of Akron Steel Drum Band. Dr. Snider’s thoughtful nurturing of Caroline Pardee enriched her life for many years, and Caroline’s love of the Steel Drum Band gave her great pleasure. She was the first benefactor of the Band and its students and was a regular contributor throughout her life.

Income from the fund is restricted to support for the Steel Drum Band Program of The University of Akron’s School of Music as determined by the faculty director of the Steel Drum Band. If there is no Steel Drum Band program or faculty director thereof, the income may be used for other percussion studies as determined by the faculty member in charge of percussion studies. Funds may be used for any purpose deemed appropriate by Dr. Snider or his successor(s), including student and faculty travel, equipment and music, compositions, guest artists, scholarships, and recruitment. The corpus of the fund is to be protected as an endowment, with only earnings spent as recommended by The University of Akron Foundation.

The University of Akron’s School of Music and College of Fine and Applied Arts will make it known that the fund welcomes additional gifts.

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