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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Macro-Davis Joint Degree Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Macro-Davis Joint Degree Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 by University of Akron alumni Judith A. Macro and Richmond L. Davis. Ms. Macro graduated from the School of Law in 1992, and Mr. Davis graduated from the College of Business Administration in 1975.

The purpose of the scholarship is to assist deserving students who are receiving a joint degree at the College of Business Administration and the School of Law. The Macro-Davis Joint Degree Endowed Scholarship Fund is an avenue for Mr. and Mrs. Davis to assist others while honoring those who have helped them on their journey. It is established in recognition of the blessings the Lord has provided through their academic accomplishments.

Their first preference for scholarship selection is, on a rotating basis, to have the director of Graduate Programs at the College of Business Administration determine the recipients in consultation with Judith Macro and Richmond Davis. The next year, the associate dean of the School of Law, in consultation with Judith Macro and Richmond Davis, will select the recipients. If Judith Macro and Richmond Davis are not available to participate in the selection process, the deans will determine the recipients.

The second preference for selection will be, on a rotating basis, a female student(s) in the School of Law working part time, with a female student(s) in the College of Business Administration working part time chosen the next year. All applicants will be required to demonstrate financial need, be of sound character, and demonstrate community involvement. Applicants should submit applications and fully completed resumes or vitas electronically.

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