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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Williams ’89, Lynda Harvey Scholarship Fund

Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Lynda Harvey Williams came to the United States of America shortly after graduating from high school. She received her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in 1974 and her JD from The University of Akron School of Law in 1989. As a law student, she clerked for Judge Harold K. Stubbs of the Akron Municipal Court. After law school she accepted a position as associate general counsel for the County of Summit in Akron. In 1990, she became a partner with Thomason & Harvey Williams and eventually established her own firm, Lynda Harvey Williams & Associates, in 1996.

Attorney Williams believes strongly in values that place her family first as her highest priority. Her ability to face challenges with strength and confidence is the secret to her success. Through this scholarship, she seeks to help students who are motivated to better themselves despite challenges and obstacles. It is her belief that the road to success and happiness requires hard work and sacrifice.

The Lynda Harvey Williams '89 Scholarship is designated to assist law students at The University of Akron who are enrolled in the evening division, are members of BLSA, and who work at least 20 hours a week. The recipient or recipients will be determined annually by the School of Law Scholarship Committee.

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