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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Bean, Gregory R. Scholarship for Emerging Leaders

The Gregory R. Bean Scholarship for Emerging Leaders was established in honor of Mr. Gregory R. Bean by the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau. This annual scholarship will support a civic- and community service–minded student majoring in pre-law or political science who is enrolled full time at The University of Akron.

Mr. Bean earned two degrees from The University of Akron: a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1972 and a law degree in 1976. Over his lifetime, Mr. Bean has dedicated thousands of hours to volunteering and serving the Greater Akron community. A true leader, Mr. Bean has served as chairman of the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau for 20 years. He also has held leadership roles in numerous other organizations, including Goodwill Industries, Bluecoats Inc. of Summit County, Hale Farm and Village, Akron Rural Cemetery Association, Akron General Medical Center Foundation Board, First United Methodist Church and Foundation, Akron Auto Club, Akron Zoo, and Western Reserve Historical Society.

Mr. Bean is a dedicated leader, loyal steward, and relentless champion of the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau’s mission as an economic development organization in the community. Upon his retirement as chairman of the Board of Directors in January 2015, he leaves a legacy of leadership and stalwart advocacy for Summit County’s hospitality industry and beyond.

The Gregory R. Bean Scholarship for Emerging Leaders will be granted to an undergraduate student who resides in Summit County and is in good standing at The University of Akron. Candidates will need to demonstrate financial need. Additionally, selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Character
  • Leadership
  • Service to the Summit County community

Award applications will be reviewed by the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, with final approval by the Office of Student Financial Aid. The funds from the award will be credited toward tuition and mandatory fees only.

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