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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Mugler, Dr. Dale H. Honors Research Fund

The Dr. Dale H. Mugler Honors Research Fund was established in honor of Dr. Dale H. Mugler by his family, colleagues, friends, and University of Akron Honors College alumni on the occasion of Dr. Mugler’s retirement as Dean of The University of Akron’s Honors College. The Dr. Dale H. Mugler Honors Research Fund recognizes Dr. Mugler’s passion for opening doors of opportunity for undergraduate research.

The purpose of The Dr. Dale H. Mugler Honors Research Fund is to support Honors College undergraduate research projects with cash awards. The cash awards shall be made directly to the student and not be included as part of any other financial package. In this regard, students will be eligible for a $1,000 non-renewable award to support at least four weeks of research at The University of Akron during the summer months, plus an expense award of $250 to the account of the faculty member who is directing the student’s research. The Dean of the Honors College will set the amounts of the cash awards each year based on available funds.

Dr. Dale H. Mugler will administer the fund and select student recipients of the cash award until his retirement on June 30, 2015. Beginning July 1, 2015, the new Dean of the Honors College will administer The Dr. Dale H. Mugler Honors Research Fund.

Students applying for The Dr. Dale H. Mugler Honors Research Fund must be current University of Akron Honors College students in good standing who will:

  • Be full-time students at The University of Akron
  • Spend at least 20 hours per week on campus for at least four weeks during the summer to work with a particular faculty member on a research project
  • Complete a competitive award application

The Dr. Dale H. Mugler Honors Research Fund was established with gifts from Drs. Dale H. and Karla T. Mugler, as well as numerous friends and colleagues, including Mr. Steven B. and Mrs. Cheryl Anne (Cherie) Shechter. The fund celebrates Dr. Mugler’s retirement from The University of Akron, where he served as Dean of the Honors College since 2005.

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