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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FedEx Custom Critical Scholarship

In September 2016, FedEx Custom Critical created The FedEx Custom Critical Scholarship with a one-time gift of $2,500 for student scholarships at The University of Akron. The gift is part of FedEx Custom Critical’s workforce development initiatives and honors the company’s long-standing partnership with the University.

FedEx Custom Critical is North America’s largest expedited carrier. The company provides 24/7 pickup and delivery service throughout the United States and internationally, specializing in same-day and next-day delivery. The company also offers exclusive-use vehicles, extra care in handling for high-value or sensitive freight, and expedited air options for the fastest delivery times. FedEx Custom Critical is headquartered in Uniontown, Ohio.

Students eligible for The FedEx Custom Critical Scholarship must be:

  • Enrolled full time and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron
  • Able to work in the United States
  • Residents of or graduates from an Ohio high school in Summit, Stark, Medina, or Portage counties

Preference will be given to students with financial need, and special consideration will be given to underrepresented students.

Two scholarship recipients will be selected in the spring 2017 semester by the College of Business Administration Scholarship Committee in collaboration with the Office of Student Financial Aid. Each recipient will receive one scholarship of $1,250, applied toward the fall 2017 semester.

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