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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Whitmer, Marnie Turnaround Student Scholarship

The Marnie Whitmer Turnaround Student Scholarship was established by Marnie E. Whitmer to support students who, through the course of high school, develop an appreciation for the importance of education. As a result, the individuals display a "turnaround" from being underachieving students to having a personal motivation to equip themselves with a college education in order to better pursue their life goals.

The Marnie Whitmer Turnaround Student Scholarship is to be awarded annually to an incoming freshman or a current University student from North High School in Akron who plans to study full time at The University of Akron, demonstrates financial need, and meets the purpose described above. Selection of award recipients is to be made by the Office of Student Financial Aid in consultation with a scholarship committee composed of North High School counselors and/or teachers. The scholarship, renewable for four years, is to include full tuition, books, and fees if the student maintains a 2.5 (on a 4.0 grade point system) GPA. The recipient is to be a North High School student or, in the absence of a suitable applicant, a student from any public high school in the Akron area.

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