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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Qammar, Dr. Helen Killory Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Dr. Helen Killory Qammar Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in 2018 by family, friends, and past students in memory of Dr. Helen Killory Qammar, to celebrate her mission to provide exceptional education for the betterment of the community and beyond.

Dr. Helen Killory Qammar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Syracuse University in 1979, and both a Master of Science degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1983 and 1986, respectively. While working on her master’s degree and Ph.D., Helen held several positions, including serving as an engineer with Exxon Research and Engineering Company; a teaching assistant at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia; a research assistant in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Virginia; and a fellow with Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C. Helen joined The University of Akron College of Engineering in 1989, and for 23 years served as a professor in the Chemical Engineering department. For her last six years with the University, Helen served as the Director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning on campus.

Helen had a profound dedication to the campus community beyond her work as a professor. She was one of the founders of Rethinking Race, an annual series of events at The University of Akron, which engages the public in rich and meaningful discussions of race and diversity. As a woman who received a doctorate at a time when few women were in her chosen field, Helen was committed to increasing female participation in engineering and the sciences.

Perhaps most of all, Helen impacted others through the simple warmth and kindness that she brought to campus every day.

This scholarship is intended to honor Helen’s lifelong mission to provide outstanding educational opportunities to students who, in turn, use their abilities and education to serve their local communities.

The Dr. Helen Killory Qammar Memorial Endowed Scholarship shall be awarded annually to undergraduate students pursuing a chemical engineering degree. Preference will be given to minority students. Sophomore through senior level students in good academic standing, who demonstrate community involvement and/or are involved with student activities are eligible. Selection of recipients will be made by the College of Engineering’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Scholarship Committee.

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