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

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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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Snider, Dr. Larry D. Percussion Scholarship

The Dr. Larry D. Snider Percussion Scholarship was established in 2019 by Dr. Larry D. Snider, distinguished professor of music and director of percussion studies at The University of Akron School of Music.  One of the few percussion professors in the country, Dr. Snider created the scholarship to demonstrate his support for UA’s percussion program, to which he has dedicated his career.  He also established the scholarship to help ensure that talented, deserving UA percussion students have the funds they needed to continue or complete their education.

Since joining the faculty in UA’s School of Music in 1976, Dr. Snider has built a strong and widely respected percussion program whose graduates consistently achieve professional success as performers and educators throughout the world.  The program’s most visible and widely acclaimed component is the Steel Drum Band, founded by Dr. Snider in 1980.  Recognized today as one of the nation’s first and foremost collegiate panorama-style ensembles, the band performs locally and throughout the United States, enabling UA students to gain valuable experience in teaching and playing ethnic music and Latin accessory instruments.

The recipient of numerous accolades and awards throughout his career, Dr. Snider was the first to receive the Outstanding Arts Educator Award from the Akron Art Alliance, presented in 2001.  He also has served on the percussion faculty at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the International Percussion Workshop in Zagan, Poland, and has served as an adjudicator at the International Marimba Competition in Warsaw, Poland.  He often is invited to be the chief international adjudicator for World Steel Band Festival competitions, which are held in Trinidad and the United States and draw steel bands from around the world.

An accomplished performer, Dr. Snider is principal percussionist with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and has served as an adjunct percussionist with the Cleveland Orchestra.  Born and raised in Kewanee, Ill., Dr. Snider holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Illinois State University and the University of North Texas, respectively, and earned his doctorate in percussion performance from the University of Illinois.

The Dr. Larry D. Snider Percussion Scholarship is for University of Akron students in good academic standing who play percussion in one or more music ensembles, whether enrolled full or part time, and who have financial need as identified by the Office of Student Financial Aid. First consideration will be given to percussion majors in performance or music education, then to students in other majors who play percussion in an ensemble.  Selection will be made by the Office of Student Financial Aid. 

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