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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Auburn, Ben Award in Cultural Criticism

The Ben Auburn Award in Cultural Criticism honors the memory of Benjamin Max Joseph Auburn (1972-2000), son of Mark S. and Sandy K. Auburn, brother of David Auburn, and grandson of Norman P. and Kathleen M. Auburn and George and Pearl Korman. It seeks to stimulate the production and recognition of works of cultural criticism by students at The University of Akron through sponsoring an annual awards competition and symposium administered by the Honors Program.

Cultural criticism tracks and assesses trends in the arts and aesthetics and ideas of a human society. Limited neither to high culture nor to popular forms, its examples range over all human artistic and intellectual achievement. Seeking to predict new trends as it critically summarizes past achievements, its most common mode of expression is the review essay or the evaluative article—rhetorical or textual expostulations not of a single object but of several. Cultural criticism can take many shapes and appear in many media, however. A series of related reviews, an extended essay or article, a monograph, or a chapbook are some rhetorical forms; video, audio, or filmed programs may constitute cultural criticism, as may exhibitions and performances and works of imaginative textual (poems, fiction), pictorial, sculptural, and performance art designed primarily to reflect other works of the imagination.

Ben Auburn himself, for example, was a writer, a producer, and a performer. He wrote extensively on popular music and on the rise of internet communication for print and electronic media (using the review essay or evaluative article mode); but he also designed and conducted audio programs of popular music (performance in the medium of radio and electronic recording) whose purpose was to illustrate trends in the popular music of his day. He performed as an ensemble improvisational comic actor, and his company’s work implicitly assessed trends in the arts, ideas, and aesthetics of his time. His “weblog” tracked some of his thinking (and hence a webpage or a “blog” conducted over an extended period may be entered into this competition).

The Ben Auburn Award in Cultural Criticism seeks to expand the boundaries of cultural criticism, the capacity of UA students to participate in its creation, and the opportunities to grapple with arts and aesthetics and ideas expressed in any form. It will recognize thoughtful analysis and commentary, reflective and careful judgment, and sustained acquisition of knowledge and taste. It will reward original thinking and expression. It will encourage intellectual risk-taking subjected to public assessment.

The Award shall always be known as “The Ben Auburn Award” or the “Ben,” and never by his surname alone.

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