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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Sisler, Thelma Litsinger Alpha Gamma Delta Scholarship

Established in 1997, The Thelma Litsinger Sisler Alpha Gamma Delta Scholarship is intended to support undergraduate members of The University of Akron's chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, based on academic achievement and financial need. Harlin G. Sisler, class of 1930, has made his assistance available in memory of his wife, Thelma Litsinger Sisler, class of 1927. They were first introduced to each other on the steps of Buchtel Hall while both were within the Greek system: Mrs. Sisler with Alpha Gamma Delta and Mr. Sisler with Alpha Sigma Omicron (now Phi Sigma Kappa). Mrs. Sisler, a biology graduate, meticulous in every endeavor, loved nature, flower gardening and antique collecting, and was an active volunteer in many organizations while maintaining a focus on the support of her family. Recipients will be selected by the University Scholarship Committee on the basis of established criteria for scholarship and need. Annual award is to be used to meet the full expense of tuition, books, and fees for each recipient. The number of recipients each year will be determined by the amount available for award. Renewed support is possible, if the recipient continues to meet the established award criteria. As their means permit, recipients are encouraged to consider replenishing this scholarship to assure its continued availability.

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