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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Gingo, Joseph M. and Linda L. Endowed Scholarship

The Joseph M. and Linda L. Gingo Endowed Scholarship, originally established in 2014 and revised in 2018, is designed to support and develop the outstanding engineers of tomorrow.

An Akron native, Mr. Gingo served as president, CEO and chairman of The A. Schulman, Inc. from 2008 until his retirement as CEO and president in 2014, while also remaining chairman of the board.  In 2016, Mr. Gingo joined A. Schulman for a second term as CEO and president. Under his leadership, A. Schulman significantly grew through strategic acquisitions and organic growth initiatives; unifying its global organization though the implementation of Guiding Principles of Open, Honest, Listen and Accountable. Prior to A. Schulman, Mr. Gingo worked for The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 41 years, beginning in 1966 as a design and development engineer and later progressing to several key executive positions.

Mr. Gingo earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University), and also holds a master’s degree in business management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Sloan Fellow.  He earned a law degree from The University of Akron in 1971.

Mr. Gingo, a member of The University of Akron Board of Trustees, has also lent distinguished service to The UA Foundation’s College-Centered Committee, the School of Law Advancement Council, the University’s Foundation Board of Directors, President’s Advisory Council, College of Business Administration (CBA) Institute for Global Business Advisory Board, the CBA Advancement Council, and the College of Engineering Advancement Council.

Mr. and Mrs. Gingo have been married for more than 50 years and have maintained stalwart commitment to the community through their support of The University of Akron.  Through this scholarship, Mr. and Mrs. Gingo wish to help students achieve their career aspirations.

The Joseph M. and Linda L. Gingo Endowed Scholarship shall be awarded annually to one undergraduate chemical engineering full-time student who has completed sophomore year status with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  Preference will be given to students with financial need who graduated from an Ohio high school.  The scholarship can be renewed through the student’s fourth and fifth years, provided the student maintains GPA requirements and funds are available.  Scholarship recipient will be selected by the College of Engineering and will receive the full award amount available, if eligible.  If the student has a co-op assignment, the full award amount will be received during the semester classes are taken.  If excess funds are available, the donors will be consulted to discuss the possible selection of a second recipient.

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