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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Acus III, M.D., Raymond W./Timothy J. Myer, M.D. Endowed Fund

The Raymond W. Acus III, M.D./Timothy J. Myer, M.D. Endowed Fund was established in 2003 by Dr. Ray Acus III and Dr. Timothy Myer, dedicated team physicians in the field of Orthopedics for The University of Akron. The endowed fund provides scholarship assistance for a student at The University of Akron who ideally is pursuing a degree in Athletic Training for Sports Medicine and does clinical hours with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The recipient of this scholarship will be chosen by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Medicine Staff and the team physicians. With an emphasis on promoting diversity and creating access to higher education for all, preference for the scholarship should be given to students who come from a diverse background who are in financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, have strong leadership abilities, and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Consideration also should be given to students who are the first in their families to attend college.

In awarding the scholarships, the Selection Committee and the Office of Financial Aid will consider each student’s economic and social background, as well as his or her academic achievement. Recognizing the value of diversity, the Selection Committee and the Office of Financial Aid will seek students from a variety of backgrounds so that the University will be comprised of students with varied interests, viewpoints, and life expectancies.

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