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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Sunnybrook Scholarship for Direct Connect Students

The Sunnybrook Scholarship for Direct Connect Students was established 2019 to support students participating in the Direct Connect Dual Admission partnership between The University of Akron and Stark State College. The scholarship is for students demonstrating financial need, with first consideration given to non-traditional students.

The donors recognize the unique challenges, financial and otherwise, of non-traditional students seeking re-education and training for ever-changing work environments. They also welcome and applaud unique, innovative ways for institutions to partner and improve students' educational experiences. The Sunnybrook Scholarship for Direct Connect Students was established to reflect the donors' values and support of educational attainment.

The Sunnybrook Scholarship for Direct Connect Students shall be awarded to students participating in the Direct Connect Dual Admission partnership between The University of Akron and Stark State College. The scholarship will be applied to the recipient's student account at The University of Akron for tuition and fees. Candidates should have demonstrated financial need, with first consideration given to non-traditional students. Selection of recipients will be made by The University of Akron Scholarship Committee.

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