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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Moorefield, Robert G. and Kathleen K. Endowment

Robert G. and Kathleen Karr Moorefield established the The Robert G. and Kathleen K. Moorefield Endowment with the objective of helping The University of Akron prepare deserving youth for a responsible, productive life in a competitive world.

Kitty and Bob met as freshmen at The University of Akron and grew together in the atmosphere of the then-small University. Kitty graduated in 1944 with a B.S. in education, and Bob graduated in 1947 with a B.S. in business administration—delayed three years by his World War II military service. Warm memories of The University of Akron include Kitty’s election as May Queen and Bob’s election as president of the Lone Star Fraternity during their respective senior years. Bob was recruited on campus by the FBI. After his training by the organization, Kit and Bob were married in Akron and set out to serve in Miami, New York City, California, and Washington, D.C. They retired from government service to second careers in cattle raising and real estate investment in the foothills of Virginia.

Scholarships from this fund are to be awarded to students seeking a bachelor of science degree, with preference to students who have served honorably in any branch of the United States military, as well as active members of the Lone Star Fraternity who are in good standing. Recipients are to be in their sophomore year or above, with selection based on academic standing and financial need.

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