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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McClish, Richard R. and Debra Endowed Scholarship

The Richard R. and Debra McClish Endowed Scholarship was established by Richard R. and Debra McClish in October 2018.

Mr. McClish grew up in west Akron and attended Buchtel High School.  He then went to The University of Akron, where he graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he was employed by E. I. du Pont in Charleston, WV.  In 1972, Mr. McClish joined General Electric’s plastics business in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. He worked for GE, in management, for 25 years in several locations, rising to the rank of general manager in the company’s manufacturing division. He left GE to work for RR Donnelley & Sons in Chicago, the world’s largest commercial printer. There, he served as senior vice president and chief manufacturing officer for seven years. Mr. McClish’s principal focus was working with operations to improve the productivity and efficiency of their presses and finishing 6equipment. He left RR Donnelley & Sons to work for Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, NE as Vice President of Continuous Improvement, where he worked with the operating department improving the efficiency of their infrastructure and equipment.

Mr. McClish currently resides in Prescott, AZ and wants to help mechanical and aerospace engineering students at The University of Akron attain their career goals and dreams.

The Richard R. and Debra McClish Endowed Scholarship shall be awarded to mechanical and/or aerospace engineering student(s) at The University of Akron. Preference will be given to U.S. citizens who are graduates from Summit County High Schools.  Selection of the recipient(s) will be made by The University of Akron Scholarship Committee.

 Applicants must also:

  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Have attended at least one year (two semesters) of full-time study at The University of Akron
  • Have a financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid

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