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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Farris, Darah Scholarship Fund

Darah Farris attended King School, Our Lady of the Elms (2007), and The University of Akron. In celebration of her life and legacy, her parents, George (UA classes of 1971, 1972, 1975, and 1981) and Debbie, and her sister, D. Maureen (UA class of 2009), created The Darah Farris Scholarship Fund.

Darah was admired by her family, friends, and peers for how she treated everyone equally with dignity and love. She was a loyal friend and classmate who could be relied upon with confidence.

Her passion was teaching inner-city children in Greater Akron, whom she considered privileged. Darah touched many lives in her role as a teacher, mentor, and caregiver. The children loved her unconditionally, as she loved them. Because of her, their lives will be enriched, as they are a well-prepared future generation.

The Darah Farris Scholarship Fund awards last dollars, tuition, books, and/or fees to candidates meeting the criteria established and deemed appropriate by The Darah Farris Scholarship Fund Committee. Students in Greater Akron, with preference to students residing in the 44306 area code, are eligible to apply. Preference also will be given to students from diverse backgrounds who are pursuing their college degrees as first-generation college students. Diversity factors that will be considered include: (1) urban-area residency, (2) evidence of leadership ability, (3) family income,(4) involvement in extracurricular activities, (5) achievement in spite of difficult personal or family situations, (6) completion of special projects or programs that offer evidence of significant effort and accomplishment, (7) first-generation college attendance, and (8) community involvement and volunteerism. Students must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50. The Darah Farris Scholarship recipient applications shall be reviewed and selected by the committee and reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid. Selections shall be approved by D. Maureen Farris. 

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