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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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. - Milton G. Smith Endowed Scholarship

The endowed Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. - Milton G. Smith Endowed Scholarship was established in 1997 by Delta Rho Sigma, the Akron Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. in support of undergraduate academic excellence. The purpose of the scholarship is to honor Milton G. Smith, a dedicated member and unsung hero for his longtime meritorious service and behind-the-scenes work at the local, regional, and national levels of the fraternity. Phi Beta Sigma was founded in 1914 and has been dedicated to community service through the application of education, business development, and working with young people. Delta Rho Sigma has shown its commitment to youth programs through the development of the Sigma Beta Club, which encourages junior and senior males to pursue personal development in the areas of leadership, commitment to the community, and cultural and social awareness.

The scholarship is open to students pursuing a four-year degree in any major. The student is required to maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout four years at the University. Preference may be granted to active or prospective members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, but membership is not a requirement. Final selection of the recipient shall be determined by the Delta Rho Sigma Chapter of the Fraternity in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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