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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Morrison Family Foundation Scholarship Fund

The Morrison Family Foundation was founded in the year 2000 by Jack Morrison Jr. and Victoria Lynn Morrison. Jack Morrison Jr. is a graduate of The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration (BS, BA 1977) and a graduate of The University of Akron’s School of Law (JD 1981). The Morrison Family Foundation is devoted to supporting charitable needs within the community, including health, education, and the arts, as well as basic human needs of those less fortunate.

As a uniquely special scholarship award, The Morrison Family Foundation Scholarship Fund will first and foremost afford students the opportunity to learn and grow in their understanding and practice of the law. The Morrison Family Foundation strongly supports the legal profession and its role in promoting justice, preserving the rule of law, and protecting civil liberties, which are at the very foundation of our free society and form of democracy. Furthermore, this scholarship will enhance the quality of The University of Akron School of Law’s educational program and help serve to advance the status and reputation of the School of Law. Through the generous support of The Morrison Family Foundation, and upon the recommendation of the dean of the School of Law annually, a day or evening student with demonstrated academic achievement will be awarded The Morrison Family Foundation Scholarship.

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