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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Engler, Edward M. Scholarship Endowment

The Edward M. Engler Scholarship Endowment was established by Edward M. Engler who, after completing his B.A. in political science in 1969, received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education-social studies in 1970 and his M.A. in history at The University of Akron in 1975. Active in The Ohio Council for Social Studies and Phi Delta Kappa, he served as president of the Revere Education Association prior to his retirement from teaching in the Revere school system and at The University of Akron. Never one to be idle, Ed’s commitment to community extended to volunteering for his church and for the Red Cross. His love of teaching eventually found expression through his position as a first-person interpreter—the “Schoolmaster”—at Hale Farm & Village, a living historical museum in Bath, Ohio.

The Edward M. Engler Scholarship Endowment is funded by the donor to provide assistance to a full-time student who has just completed high school with a 2.75-3.00 GPA and who demonstrates financial need. The scholarship is renewable for four years provided the student achieves a 2.75 or greater cumulative GPA and performs community service. Selection of award recipients is to be made by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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