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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Scarpitti, Paul S. Football Scholarship

The Paul S. Scarpitti Football Scholarship was established in 1995 by Paul S. Scarpitti, a former University of Akron football player and letter winner from 1949-1951. He was honored to be selected co-captain in the year 1951. As a result of more than 40 years of involvement with Akron's athletic program, as an avid supporter and fan, Paul generously initiated a fund that always will make a difference for a program for which he deeply cares. During the years in which he played as a lineman, Paul played positions on both the offensive and defensive line. He understands that no one position, be it on offense or defense, in a team sport, is any more important than those played by one's fellow teammates. However, it is in the "trenches," as a defensive lineman, that Paul enjoyed his playing days the most. Therefore, Paul wishes to designate this award specifically to the student-athlete who maintains a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and is a defensive lineman who holds the position designated as "defensive nose tackle." Furthermore, Paul asks that the student-athlete selected for this award be always mindful of being a representative of The University of Akron, whether it be on or off the field, and is a person who by example is held in high regard and displays qualities of purpose, leadership, sportsmanship, and citizenship.

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