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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Steiner, Daniel Ceramics Workshop

In the Fall of 2006, Rosalie Steiner established The Daniel Steiner Ceramics Workshop and gifted the ceramic equipment, tools, and materials of her late grandson, Daniel Steiner, to The University of Akron, Mary Myers School of Art, Ceramics Area. This gift is to be used to further the mission of the University into area schools and extend Daniel’s love of ceramics into the community through a series of community workshops.

Daniel Steiner began his art career in Atlanta, Ga., using an electric kiln with his brother, Richard. When Daniel returned to Bath Township and The University of Akron, he continued shaping his love for ceramics and pottery. During hikes around his grandmother’s home and the creek beds of the Yellow Creek Watershed, Daniel would find glaze and clay to use in his works of art. Daniel was known for returning these finished pieces of art to the closest residence from where the materials were found, in hopes of spreading his love of art and ceramics into the community.

During the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 academic year, The Mary Myers School of Art held a series of ceramic workshops for groups of up to 10 elementary school children and groups chosen by Rosalie Steiner. The workshops were conducted by Professor Donna Webb and an art education student from The University of Akron. Students wishing to use the gas kiln(s) available on the Steiner Woods property are responsible for the use of the kiln(s) and assume all risks associated with a gas kiln.

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