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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Harris, Gary M. Climate Change Scholarship

The Gary M. Harris Climate Change Scholarship was created by University of Akron alumnus Gary M. Harris ’68, ’71 to provide funds to UA students in the Department of Geosciences at either the undergraduate or graduate level. The scholarship’s purpose is to further research and/or development activities in the broad area of climate change research.

Mr. Harris attended The University of Akron in the evenings and during summers, working full time to pay for his education. He completed his B.S. in 1968 and his M.S. in 1971. He has enjoyed a successful career at several companies, including Babcock and Wilcox, Goodyear Aerospace, Xerox, Sharp Corp., and Adobe Systems. He credits his college education with his ability to think analytically and to quickly understand a broad range of technologies. These skills have served him well.

Mr. Harris has maintained a lifelong interest in developments in physics and has become very concerned with threats to the world and its population due to climate change and the unwillingness of the political establishment to recognize and respond to this threat.

The Gary M. Harris Climate Change Scholarship supports students in the Department of Geosciences at either the undergraduate or graduate level doing or supporting research that can broadly be applied to the better understanding of climate change and to the communication of the potential impacts of climate change. Recipients must demonstrate outstanding personal characteristics, such as a strong work ethic, integrity, and an ability to lead by example. Recipients must present financial need and are eligible for renewal with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Candidates will be determined by faculty in the Department of Geosciences.

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