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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Hurley, Richard L. Sponsored Emile Grunberg Lectureship

The Richard L. Hurley Sponsored Emile Grunberg Lectureship was established 1997 and revised in 2018 within the College of Business Administration’s Department of Economics.

Mr. Hurley’s gift supports the University’s premiere economics lectureship, helping improve the quality of the undergraduate and graduate experience. It also cultivates scholarship support and creative activities and is recognized regionally, nationally and internationally.

Inaugurated in 1988, The Emile Grunberg Lecture Series honors the late Emile Grunberg, professor emeritus and eminent scholar in economic methodology and the philosophy of science. His publication record spanned more than 50 years -- from 1932 to 1986 -- and includes scholarly articles published in German, French, English, as well as some translated into Italian. He taught at The University of Akron from 1946 to 1948 and at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon) from 1948 to 1956. He returned to teach at UA in 1956, serving as department head from 1956-1969, until his retirement in 1973. 

The Emile Grunberg Lecture Series are general interest lectures offering insight on eminent scholars in economics, with preference given to Nobel Laureate economists. Lecturers are free to present a topic of their choice, with lecture topics generally representing the current work of the presenter rather than a review of past material.

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