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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Mossor, Julia and William Scholarship

The Julia and William Mossor Scholarship was established in January 2019 to support outstanding academic students at The University of Akron who demonstrate financial need.

Julia graduated from The University of Akron, receiving two degrees - an associate's degree, with distinction, in 1990 in Marketing and Sales Technology-Fashion, and a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in 1991 in Clothing, Textiles and Interiors-Business. Faced with financial struggles, Julia considered withdrawing from the University before her brother, now a college professor, encouraged her to complete her degree. Sharing a passion for helping students in similar circumstances, Julia and William Mossor have generously established this scholarship.

The Julia and William Mossor Scholarship shall be awarded to outstanding academic students at The University of Akron who have demonstrated financial need. First consideration will be given to incoming freshman who enroll with and maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA. Additional consideration shall be given to female students who meet the requirements. In the event no candidate as described above is identified, the scholarship may be made to any student who most closely meets the above requirements.

Recipient selection shall be made by the University Scholarship Committee. The scholarship may be renewed as long as the recipient remains eligible and in good academic standing, and has a current scholarship application on file with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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