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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Miller, Ava Marie Memorial Scholarship

The Ava Marie Miller Memorial Scholarship is established in memory of Ava Marie Miller, daughter of Terri L. and Scott M. Miller, and sister of Matthew R. and Todd M. Miller. Ava Marie Miller was a very special person. Sincere and genuine, a woman of compassion, courage and conviction, Ava had the ability to change people’s lives; even those who didn’t know her were deeply and profoundly moved as a result of her life. Ava was a woman of faith. Her dream was to become a good lawyer and, someday, a good judge. Each day of her life she planned for her dream and, in the fall of 1997, began law school at The University of Akron School of Law. Ava passionately embraced the rigorous study of law, sharing her gifts of humor and friendship with her classmates. On March 16, 1998, Ava’s dream of becoming a lawyer was cut short.

As a living legacy in celebration and remembrance of Ava’s life and dream, The Ava Marie Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established. The purpose of The Ava Marie Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund is to provide an annual scholarship to a first-year, second-semester law student attending classes full time at The University of Akron School of Law. The criteria for awarding The Ava Marie Miller Memorial Scholarship will include academic merit and financial need. Preference in awarding the scholarship will be given to someone who exemplifies Ava Marie Miller’s most enduring qualities — compassion, humor, friendship, and faith.

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