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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Reid, C. Alison Scholarship

The C. Alison Reid Scholarship was established in 2018 by C. Alison Reid, and is designed to continue Alison’s legacy of promoting education among women.

Alison graduated from The University of Akron in 1977.  While Alison and her family lived in Northeast Ohio for the early part of her life, she has lived in Southern California for more than 30 years.

As a member of the Herb Society of America, Alison teaches culinary classes, focusing mainly on the study and education of herbs.  She is also a member of Soroptimist International of Long Beach, a worldwide volunteer service organization for women who work for peace and improving the lives of women and girls in our local community and throughout the world.  

In addition, Alison is actively involved with confirmation classes in her church, the meditation group, Centering Prayer, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and many other activities that work to strengthen the community.

Because of Alison’s passion for education and support of young women, this scholarship will provide assistance to students pursuing education degrees.

College of Education undergraduate female students, sophomore level or higher, are eligible for this scholarship.  Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.  Two letters of recommendation from either a teacher or employer are required.  The College of Education will select the recipient, and only one scholarship will be awarded per year.

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