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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Oldham, Patricia J. Endowed Scholarship

The Patricia J. Oldham Endowed Scholarship was established in 2018 by William M. Oldham in memory of his loving wife, Patricia (“Pat”) J. Oldham, who passed away in 2017.  It is Mr. Oldham’s intent to fund the scholarship through a bequest at the time of his death.

Mr. and Mrs. Oldham both graduated from The University of Akron in 1964 with degrees in history and education, respectively. After graduation, Mrs. Oldham started her career as a teacher in the Akron Public Schools. Mr. Oldham went on to attend The University of Akron School of Law, from which he graduated in 1967.

As long-time supporters of The University of Akron and avid Zips sports fans, it is fitting that the Oldhams will continue their legacy of investing in future generations of UA students.

The Patricia J. Oldham Endowed Scholarship will provide scholarship assistance to deserving students enrolled in The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education at The University of Akron.

The Patricia J. Oldham Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving student(s) in The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education, and is to be used toward the cost of tuition and fees.

Candidates will be identified by the Office of Student Financial Aid, with the opportunity for selection to be made by members of the Oldham family. 

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