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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Schuldiner, Aaron "Max" Holocaust Essay Award

This award, originally established in 2012 and revised in February 2017, was established in memory of Aaron "Max" Schuldiner, a holocaust survivor.  Max was born in Poland in 1920.  In 1939, when the Nazis invaded Poland, he, his parents and siblings were among the Jews who fled eastward, across the border to Russia.  From there they were shipped to western Siberia, where Max worked in a labor camp.  

While in Russia, Max met another Jewish refugee, Toby Bier, who became his wife.  After the war, the couple returned westward to Germany, where Max worked as a guard in a displaced persons camp, and they welcomed two sons, Michael and Stanley.  In 1950, Max and his family came to the United States, where another son, Philip, was born.  Max Schuldiner died in 2008.  This award is given in memory of the many gifts his life gave to those who loved him.  The Aaron "Max" Schuldiner Holocaust Essay Award honors those who did not survive the Holocaust.

The Aaron "Max" Schuldiner Holocaust Essay Award will award $300 per year to a full-time University of Akron student who submits the winning essay about the Holocaust.  Submissions will be judged annually in March and April by a panel of three judges: two University of Akron English Department faculty members selected by the donor, and one member of The University of Akron Hillel Organization.  

In the absence of the donor, the two English Department judges will be selected by the individual(s) teaching Jewish Literature in the English Department at the University.  The due date for submissions will be as prescribed by the English Department for Departmental awards.  The award will be presented at the English Department's annual awards reception.  This award may be used by the student for any purpose he/she chooses.  If the judges deem no submission worthy of the award, an award will not be given that year.


At the discretion and approval of the donor, an additional $300 honorarium may be given to a Holocaust survivor or Holocaust scholar to come to The University of Akron and present a lecture.

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