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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Zeigler Jr., Patricia B. and Willis S. Honors Scholarship

In the interest of building a greater University of Akron, Patricia and Willis Zeigler Jr. established an endowed fund, The Patricia B. and Willis S. Zeigler Jr. Honors Scholarship, in support of the University. Mr. and Mrs. Zeigler are longtime members of the University family. Mr. Zeigler is a retired executive of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and taught in the College of Business Administration. Mrs. Zeigler has held leadership roles in numerous community organizations, including President of the Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Zeigler believe that like other important American universities, Akron must have adequate endowment funds to continue its commitment to teaching, research, and public service. The fund shall be used to foster academic excellence through The Patricia B. and Willis S. Zeigler Jr. Honors Scholarship.

Recipients of The Patricia B. and Willis S. Zeigler Jr. Honors Scholarship must be full-time students enrolled in the Honors Program from any college and are to be selected solely on the basis of academic accomplishments. The standards for selection have been purposefully set high. It is required that a recipient will have a score of at least 30 on the ACT or 1300 on the SAT and a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA at the end of each semester. The scholarship may be awarded to incoming freshmen or returning undergraduates and is renewable each year of undergraduate study, as long as the required academic standards are met. Recipients will be considered without regard to race, color, or creed. Financial need is not a consideration in determining eligibility for this scholarship. The Honors Program, in collaboration with the Office of Student Financial Aid, will select recipients and introduce them to Mr. and Mrs. Zeigler. The Honors Program will monitor and review recipients to be certain they meet the required standards for scholarship renewal.

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