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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Fultz, Paul C. Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in 2009 and revised in 2015, The Paul C. Fultz Endowed Scholarship Fund was established by Paul C. Fultz in tribute to his alma mater, The University of Akron, and its enduring importance as a public higher-education institution promoting the Akron community. Fultz graduated from The University of Akron in 1947 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

A state and federal employee, Fultz worked for the Ohio State Employment Service and later the Social Security Administration, from which he retired. An active member in the community, Fultz dedicated his life to assisting others. His wide-ranging service included membership in the Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church, serving as an associate with Haven of Rest and the Salvation Army, and being an active resident at Rockynol Retirement Community.

The Paul C. Fultz Endowed Scholarship Fund will be awarded to full-time students majoring in teacher education in The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education at The University of Akron. Students must demonstrate financial need and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The scholarship recipient(s) will be selected by the dean of the College of Education in collaboration with the University of Akron Scholarship Committee.

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