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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Horn, David P. Scholarship

The David P. Horn Scholarship was established in 2012 as a lasting memorial to David Horn by his family and friends. The scholarship recognizes David’s passion and loyalty to The University of Akron and its students, and honors his belief in the value of higher education. David was a friend to all, and he left a lasting impression on all who knew him.

David Horn graduated in 1969 from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary College, in Wickliffe, Ohio, and from The University of Akron in 1990 with a master’s degree in technical education. David’s two daughters, Kelley and Kimberly, are also University of Akron alumni, and his wife, Darlene, is currently seeking a master’s degree from the University.

In 1984, he joined The University of Akron as a member of the Department of Development, first serving as a development officer for the colleges of Nursing and Education. For the next 27 years, David dedicated his professional life to making certain University of Akron students had opportunities to achieve their college dreams.  He became director of the Center for Gift and Estate Planning in 1992 and retired as executive director of the Center in June 2012. Under his direction, the University’s planned gift program grew significantly.

The David P. Horn Scholarship is to provide tuition support for students in the College of Business Administration, with first preference given to students majoring in accounting, international business, marketing management, or sales management. Applicants must hold at least a 3.0 GPA.

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