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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University of Akron Nutrition and Dietetic Programs Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship

The University of Akron Nutrition and Dietetic Programs Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship was created in 2004 to recognize the importance and need for qualified dietitians in the health-care communities throughout Ohio and the nation. An annual award of $500 or more will be presented to a deserving student(s) who is majoring in dietetics in either the Coordinated or Didactic Program at The University of Akron.

To be eligible, a student must have a minimum of junior or senior status at The University of Akron during the semester in which the award will be paid; pursue a declared major in dietetics; demonstrate outstanding academic performance as evidenced by his or her academic transcript with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; show professional promise through a track record of involvement in professional work or community activities related to the field of dietetics; and demonstrate leadership and teamwork. Based on the aforementioned criteria, The University of Akron Nutrition/Dietetic Programs Advisory Board will select a recipient.

The University of Akron Nutrition/Dietetic Programs Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship will be promoted in all literature concerning awards, and in presentations to prospective students. The University of Akron Nutrition/Dietetic Progras Advisory Board will present the award, and The University of Akron will publicize each award with mention of the Dietetic/Nutrition programs.

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