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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Akron University Police Patrolmen’s Association/Charles L. Penn and Brian Roshong Memorial Scholarship

The Akron University Police Patrolmen’s Association/Charles L. Penn and Brian Roshong Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998 by the Akron University Police Patrolmen’s Association (AUPPA) Inc. This endowed fund honors Charles Lee Penn Jr. and Brian Roshong. Both men left an indelible impression on the lives of those around them.

Penn (September 26, 1948 – May 30, 1976) graduated from Canton Lehman High School and The University of Akron. Penn served with The University of Akron police force in 1973 and attended the University’s first Police Academy in 1974. After graduation, Penn accepted a commission with the United States Army and, unfortunately, died in Korea while on duty.

Roshong (March 10, 1972 – May 22, 1996) was a native of Canton, Ohio, and graduated from Perry High School in Massillon. Roshong came to The University of Akron Police Department Basic Training Academy in 1994, following a career as a military intelligence specialist in the United States Army. Roshong held positions with both the Cambridge Police Department and the City of Canton Police Department. Roshong fell victim to a fatal gunshot wound in the line of duty in 1996.

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