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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Dukes, Alpha Omega Memorial Promising Fiction Writer Award

The Alpha Omega Dukes Memorial Promising Fiction Writer Award was established by Thomas Dukes, a University of Akron English department faculty member, in memory of his father’s only sister, his aunt Alpha Omega Dukes. Omega Dukes lived and worked in Washington, D.C., for the Department of the Navy. Her hair turned white in her early twenties; she had olive skin and blue eyes, and taught her nephew early on about long-distance love and the importance of spoiling children just a little bit. She died prematurely in her early fifties, but not before her nephew got to spend two weeks one summer with her, a time he will never forget.

Thomas Dukes is Professor of English at the University of Akron. He received his B.A. and M.A. from The University of Texas at El Paso (creative writing) and his Ph.D. from Purdue University (modern literature). He has published poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, scholarship, and a memoir. Because of the prizes he received for his writing as a student, Tom has established several such awards for the Department of English at The University of Akron in honor of those he loves.

The Alpha Omega Dukes Memorial Promising Fiction Writer Award is open to graduate and undergraduate students and will be given for a short story. The short story will be chosen by a committee of faculty from the Department of English; its decision is final. The committee will be appointed by the English Department’s Chair, it may choose a story submitted for any other of the contests of the English Department or one submitted specifically for this prize. The recipient will receive a check for $75.00.

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