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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McCarthy, Esquire, Craig M. Memorial Scholarship

The Craig M. McCarthy, Esquire, Memorial Scholarship is established in memory of Craig M. McCarthy, Esquire. Craig was a very special husband, son, and friend. He will always be remembered for his positive and caring attitude and his dedication to serving the legal needs of the poor and less fortunate. Graduating summa cum laude and second in his class from The University of Akron School of Law, Craig went on to work for the Akron City Prosecutor's Office and the Ninth District Court of Appeals in the State of Ohio.

As a living legacy in celebration and remembrance of Craig's life, The Craig M. McCarthy, Esquire, Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established. The purpose of the scholarship fund is to provide an annual academic scholarship in the area of public interest law to a law student attending classes at The University of Akron School of Law. Preference in awarding the scholarship will be based on merit, demonstrated financial need, the geographic location of Tuscarawas and Stark counties, and a short personal statement that conveys why the student is interested in pursuing a career in public interest law.

Selection of the annual Craig M. McCarthy, Esquire, Memorial Scholar will be determined by a two-step process, until such time Craig's mother, father, widow, and other immediate family members are unable to participate. The process will begin with The University of Akron School of Law Scholarship Committee initiating a call for nominations and selecting the top candidates for final consideration by Timothy McCarthy, Cristene McCarthy, Kelly McCarthy, Jeffrey Timmons, and others they choose to serve on the McCarthy family award committee.

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