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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Mills, W. Paul and Thora J. Endowed Scholarship Fund

The W. Paul and Thora J. Mills Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 at The University of Akron in memory of W. Paul Mills and Thora J. Mills through the generosity of The W. Paul and Thora J. Mills Foundation.

W. Paul Mills graduated from The University of Akron School of Law in 1930. In recognition of Mr. Mills’ legal career, The W. Paul and Thora Mills Endowed Scholarship Fund was established to provide vital support to students in law school who are striving to create a solid foundation on which to build their legal careers.

The W. Paul and Thora J. Mills Endowed Scholarship Fund will be awarded annually to day or evening law students. The trustees of the Foundation seek to assist students who demonstrate the values of hard work and dedication to their academic careers, with consideration of financial need. The scholarship recipients are selected by the School of Law Scholarship Committee.

The School of Law is grateful to W. Paul and Thora J. Mills and The W. Paul and Thora J. Mills Foundation trustees for creating The W. Paul and Thora J. Mills Endowed Scholarship Fund. This fund is a legacy to Mr. and Mrs. Mills and will perpetuate their spirit of good will and generosity.

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