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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Dreskin, Howard J. and Phyllis M. Levine Endowed Scholarship

The Howard J. Dreskin and Phyllis M. Levine Endowed Scholarship was established in 2006 by Howard J. Dreskin.  Mr. Dreskin, a member of The University of Akron class of 1976, earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and a master’s degree in microbiology from Rutgers University.

Howard Dreskin’s distinguished career has been centered in the pharmaceutical industry, where he has worked in basic research, clinical research, and clinical safety in positions of increasing responsibilities from laboratory research assistant to his current position as senior director of clinical operations for Trius Therapeutics Inc. in San Diego. His former employers include Optimer Pharmaceuticals Inc., Pfizer Inc., SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, and Johnson & Johnson, as well as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Mr. Dreskin co-authored the book chapter Drug Surveillance in “Principles and Practice of Pharmaceutical Medicine.”

In creating The Howard J. Dreskin and Phyllis M. Levine Endowed Scholarship, Mr. Dreskin desires to help undergraduate students in the biological sciences realize the opportunity for current and future educational and career success, similar to what he experienced as a University of Akron student.  Motivated students with a 2.5 GPA or better who show promise, as determined by faculty, and have demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Affairs, will be eligible for The Howard J. Dreskin and Phyllis M. Levine Scholarship.

The Howard J. Dreskin and Phyllis M. Levine Endowed Scholarship will be awarded in the Department of Biology.  The Dean of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, in consultation with the Department Chair and the Office of Student Financial Affairs, shall make the scholarship award.

Mr. Dreskin is married to Phyllis M. Levine.  Originally from New Jersey and New York respectively, Howard and Phyllis live in California, where they enjoy outdoor activities, including hiking and tennis, as well as photography and art.

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