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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Smith '39, Harvey E. Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Harvey E. Smith ’39 Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 with gifts from his family. Harvey was a 1939 graduate of the Akron Law School, then a small private school that later merged with The University of Akron as the School of Law. Harvey graduated from Ohio University in 1933 and began working for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron. He enrolled in the Akron Law School, working during the day and attending class at night, along with many others from Firestone and other local rubber companies at that time. Harvey dedicated his life to a career at Firestone, and he and his wife, Ruth, raised their family in Akron. They had two children, Doug and Camille, and two grandsons, Colby and Brian, who later became lawyers, both graduating first in their class.

Harvey retired from Firestone and continued working as a mediator, helping people settle their differences outside of the rigors of the courtroom. Harvey was a lifelong learner, having attended many law classes in his retirement as allowed through the University’s 60+ program. He was a beloved member of the School of Law community and is missed by the many who knew him. Harvey was a true example of a dedicated family man who believed in the values of hard work and continual learning.

The Harvey E. Smith ’39 Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund is designated to scholarships for School of Law students enrolled in the evening division who work full time and are in good academic standing. The ideal candidate should mirror Harvey’s example of hard work and dedication to education. Scholarship awards may cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board, all or in part.

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