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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Kapper, Ray - First Tee of Greater Akron Endowed Scholarship

The Ray Kapper - First Tee of Greater Akron Endowed Scholarship was established in March 2017 in honor of Ray Kapper by his family and friends and the board of The First Tee of Greater Akron (TFTGA). Kapper’s leadership, vision, and commitment to TFTGA, as well as his work recruiting many of the current board members, have significantly contributed to the organization’s success, enabling it to achieve new heights. Thanks to Kapper’s commitment, he is largely considered to be the heart and soul of the community organization.

Kapper, named a University of Akron Honorary Alumnus in 1993, has dedicated his professional career to serving his community. Whether as an Akron resident, an elected official, a coach, or an administrator, he always placed the greater good above his own aspirations. For many years, Kapper provided wise counsel to civic and community leaders throughout the city and Summit County.

Kapper began his career as athletic director for the Catholic Youth Organization and head football coach at St. Mary’s High School and later joined the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, where he served as employee activities director. He then was elected as an Akron ward councilman and later and later a councilman at-large.  Kapper ultimately was elected city council president.

In 1984, Akron Mayor Tom Sawyer appointed Kapper service director, where he oversaw the city’s engineering, public works, sewer, and water bureaus. He retired due to health reasons in 1992 but today continues to serve the community as a public affairs consultant to local businesses.

Ray and his wife, Barbara, reside in Akron and have four children: Deborah, Christopher, David, and Jon.

To be eligible for The Ray Kapper - First Tee of Greater Akron Endowed Scholarship, preference is given to the following student-applicants who:

  • Are a participant in or volunteer of TFTGA
  • Are enrolled full-time in any college or program at The University of Akron
  • Are an incoming freshman or current student
  • Are from Greater Akron
  • Have a GPA of 2.75 or higher (whether from high school or previous college semester)
  • Have financial need

To apply, students must submit to TFTGA a 100-word essay demonstrating how they follow the organization’s nine core values of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment. Essays will be reviewed by the president of The First Tee of Greater Akron and a Kapper family representative(s). Finalists will be forwarded to the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid, where financial need will be verified and a recipient selected. The number of recipients and their scholarship amount will vary depending on the availability of funds. The scholarship is non-renewable.

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