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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Bersani, Carl A. Endowed Scholarship

The Carl A. Bersani Endowed Scholarship was established in 2015 by the family and friends of Carl A. Bersani, professor emeritus of sociology at The University of Akron. The scholarship was created as a lasting tribute to recognize Bersani’s contributions to the Sociology Department, The University of Akron, and UA students – and to honor his belief in the value of higher education. Bersani was a full-time professor and colleague at The University of Akron for 28 years (1965-1993) and worked part time from 1993 until 2000.

Bersani joined The University of Akron in 1965, after teaching at Winona State University (Winona, Minn.) and Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa). He held the following degrees: a Ph.D. in sociology from Iowa State University, an M.A. from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. from Eastern Michigan University.

Bersani’s accomplishments were many, including serving as a key member of the committee that established the Akron-Kent Joint Ph.D. program in Sociology, the M.A. program, and the undergraduate degree programs in law enforcement and corrections. He also served four years as head of the Department of Sociology (1976-1980); was the author of many research articles and scholarly presentations on various aspects of crime and deviance; and worked closely with law enforcement agencies, correctional agencies, courts, and intervention centers.

Bersani and his wife, Carol, have two grown daughters – Lisa Bersani and Michele Bersani Stasitis – and were married for 50 years prior to his passing on September 24, 2015.

Candidates for The Carl A. Bersani Endowed Scholarship must be full-time undergraduate students in the Department of Sociology in UA’s Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Consideration will be given to candidates with a demonstrated need for assistance. One recipient will be selected annually by the Department of Sociology Scholarship Committee in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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