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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Taber, Jean Hower Endowment Fund

Mrs. Jean Taber established The Jean Hower Taber Endowment Fund in 1995 for the treasured University of Akron and Akron community landmark Hower House, and for Scholarships for Excellence.

Hower House was built by John Henry Hower in the 19th century and had been occupied by the Hower family for 102 years thereafter. Hower House has been entrusted to The University of Akron's care since it was gifted to the University by the Hower family in 1973. Mrs. Taber provided her gift in appreciation for the extraordinary efforts by The Friends of Hower House and the Hower House Victorians in this Town and Gown initiative. Funds are to be used to help maintain the historical integrity and architectural distinction of the House. The Friends and Victorians are asked to provide Hower House with financial resources to continue programs with artistic, cultural, and social value.

The Scholarships for Excellence Program was launched in 1996. The purpose of the scholarship is to bring the best and brightest students to the University. Recipients are to be selected on the basis of the program criteria. Annual earnings from this endowment fund will provide unrestricted operational support for Hower House and support for the Scholarships for Excellence Program, and are to be used at the direction of The University of Akron President.

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