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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Sanctuary Software Studio, Inc. Award

The Sanctuary Software Studio, Inc. Award offers support for tuition and fees to exceptional students pursuing an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or computer science.

Sanctuary Software Studio, Inc. is a professional services firm specializing in software development and digital media production. The multi-disciplinary team works with scientific and engineering enterprises to reach new markets, modernize product offerings, and transform business models. Sanctuary Software Studio, Inc. was established in 1994 and is located in Akron, Ohio. Co-founder and president, Michael Terry, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering with a minor in computer science from The University of Akron in 1991.

The Sanctuary Software Studio, Inc. Award is to be awarded to incoming freshmen students pursuing a degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or computer science.

Sanctuary Software will interview candidates and offer a paid internship during the summer before their freshmen year begins. The award will be applied to the selected recipient’s University of Akron student account after completing a full summer internship with Sanctuary Software. Students who continue summer internships or co-op rotations at Sanctuary Software will be eligible for renewal of this award throughout their college career.

The Office of Student Financial Aid will provide applications to the Department of Development, who will then present to Sanctuary Software for review. Sanctuary Software will arrange interviews and determine how many students will receive an internship and award opportunity.

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