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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Burford, Arthur E. Endowed Scholarship

The Arthur E. Burford Endowed Scholarship was established by Mrs. Dhreoma R. Burford in 2018 in loving tribute of her husband, an accomplished geoscientist and department chair, who was especially skilled in inspiring students and faculty to pursue their dreams.  Professor Burford is remembered as the founding father of The University of Akron’s Department of Geology.  He joined UA in 1968 as a full professor and in 1970 was appointed head of the University’s new geology department.  Over the next 20 years, Dr. Burford nurtured the department’s growth to more than 100 undergraduate and 60 graduate students by way of 14 new faculty hires, acquisition of state-of-the-art research equipment, opening academic exchange programs with Chinese universities and field camps in Wyoming.  A structural geologist, Dr. Burford received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, worked for the U.S. Geological Survey team and was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He retired from UA in 1989 and continued his civic patronage as a Scoutmaster for Troup 320 of Hudson, OH and with many other community organizations and societies.     

The Arthur E. Burford Endowed Scholarship is directed to qualified full-time undergraduates enrolled in the Department of Geosciences.  Scholarships will be awarded to students with demonstrated scholastic achievement, with an emphasis towards degree completion, as well as superior character and leadership.  The scholarship is renewable provided recipients remain in good academic standing.

Scholarships are awarded annually and applied directly to student accounts. Scholarship amounts and number of recipients will vary depending on available funds.  Recipients will be selected by the Department of Geosciences in collaboration with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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