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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Berthelot Business Scholarship for Excellence

The Berthelot Business Scholarship for Excellence was created in 1997 by Michael J. Berthelot, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the TransTechnology Corporation in Liberty Corner, New Jersey. Mr. Berthelot graduated from The University of Akron in 1975 with a B.S. in Accounting, following a four year tour of duty with the United States Coast Guard after graduating in 1968 from Stow High School. While at Akron, he was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Veterans Club. Mr. Berthelot established this scholarship to thank The University of Akron for the fine education he received, and to thank the communities in which he spent such a fondly remembered part of his life.

The scholarship is to be awarded to an incoming freshman in the College of Business Administration. The recipient will be awarded $4,500 annually to cover expenses for tuition, books, and fees. Preference will be given to students from Stow and Hudson High Schools and the Western Reserve Academy. Applicants should be students who maintain good academic records, participate in extracurricular activities, and have some full or part time work experience. To remain eligible for the scholarship, the student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average at the College of Business Administration within The University of Akron. Selection of the recipient is determined by the College of Business Administration Scholarship Committee and Mr. Berthelot.

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