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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Buckingham, Lisle M. Resident Fellows

Funded by a gift to The University Honors Program from the GAR Foundation of Akron, The Lisle M. Buckingham Resident Fellows program brings to Akron prominent scholars, artists, scientists, executives, and authorities to enrich the intellectual life of the campus and of greater Akron.

The Buckingham Fellows Endowment was created to memorialize Lisle Buckingham, who died in April 1992, at age 96. He practiced law for 72 years and was the senior partner of the firm of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs. In addition to his legal career, Lisle Buckingham was a civic leader and champion of higher education. He served as trustee of more than a dozen organizations in the community, including the YMCA, the YWCA, the Akron Art Museum, the Akron Community Foundation, Stan Hywet Foundation, Akron General Medical Center, and the Akron Chamber of Commerce. He received numerous honors and awards, including the Polsky Humanitarian Award and the Sir Thomas More Award for personal integrity, professional excellence and community service; and he was the recipient of honorary doctorates from Wooster College, Baldwin-Wallace College, Cumberland College, and The University of Akron School of Law. The University of Akron was one of Buckingham’s primary interests. For 25 years he was a trustee of The University of Akron Foundation, which he helped found. He was also a member of the College of Fine and Applied Arts Advancement Council. He established three scholarship funds at The University of Akron: The Mildred Heter Buckingham Scholarship for music students, the Ruth Heter Buckingham Scholarship, and the Lisle M. Buckingham Scholarship for undergraduates. In 1966, Buckingham drafted the charter of the GAR Foundation and served as trustee of that philanthropic organization until his death.

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