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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BP-NACE International Foundation Scholarship for Corrosion Engineering at The University of Akron College of Engineering

This scholarship fund is established in November 2011 by BP and is awarded through the NACE International Foundation to support the education of corrosion engineers at The University of Akron. The BP-NACE International Foundation Scholarship is to be funded on an annual basis. Eligible recipients will be full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Engineering at The University of Akron with a declared major in Corrosion Engineering.

Students receiving the scholarship may be either incoming or currently enrolled and must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, making progress toward completion of their engineering degree. Students are expected to display leadership qualities, be self-motivated, have interest in corrosion protection industries and be willing to participate in co-operative education or internship programs. Students may receive a maximum of four BP-NACE International Foundation Scholarships during the course of their undergraduate studies.

The intent is to award $15,000 either as a single scholarship, or multiple scholarships (minimum award amount is $3,000), to deserving students. Students may apply the scholarship towards the cost of their academic programs, including tuition, tuition loans, fees, books and relevant computer hardware/software. Costs associated with travel to corrosion related events (technical meetings, conferences, etc.) may also be covered.

Students receiving The BP-NACE International Foundation Scholarship for Corrosion Engineering are selected by the scholarship committee within the Corrosion and Reliability Engineering (CARE) program. An Associate Dean in The College of Engineering will oversee the selection process. Initial screening for the scholarships will be based on information provided on the College of Engineering scholarship application form. The final selection will be made based on information provided on a CAREs scholarship application form that requests the student's academic background, creativity; and leadership development.

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