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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White, Jeanette Memorial Scholarship

Mrs. Edna Jeannette Murie White began her college career at Ohio University in 1940 and graduated from The University of Akron in 1964, magna cum laude, with a bachelor of arts degree in education.  Mrs. White devoted 19 years to the accounting and business education programs at Akron East High School. In 2005, Mrs. White was made an honorary alumna of The University of Akron School of Law, and in October 2008, she was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from The University of Akron. 

Mrs. White was committed to Akron Public Schools and higher education. At The University of Akron, she left an indelible mark on campus and on students through her support. She was instrumental in the refurbishment of Buchtel Hall and Hower House and endowed scholarships in the School of Law and College of Nursing. She was a strong advocate for education until her death in November 2008.  

The recipient of The Jeannette White Memorial Scholarship must be a graduate of East High School and must be enrolled full time at The University of Akron or Ohio University. The scholarship may be renewed, and the recipient will be chosen based on scholastic achievement and community involvement or extracurricular activities at East High School, The University of Akron, or Ohio University.

The principal or guidance counselor of East High School and a close friend of Mrs. White, Judge Jane Bond, shall choose the scholarship recipient annually. 

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