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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Musson Veterans Lounge Endowed Fund

The Musson Veterans Lounge Endowed Fund was established by The R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation for the purpose of providing funds for the upkeep and maintenance of The Musson Veterans Lounge, located in InfoCision Stadium on The University of Akron campus. Earnings from the endowment will be available for use at the discretion of the Advisor of the Military Veterans Association, in consultation with the Office for Student Engagement and Success, to provide annual monies for the upkeep and maintenance of The Musson Veterans Lounge. First consideration for use of the funds is to maintain the physical appearance of the space.

The R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation was established in 1987 by Robert C. Musson and his wife Katharine. Mr. Musson was the grandson Harriett Buchtel Musson, sister of University of Akron founder John R. Buchtel. The Musson Foundation has supported numerous important initiatives at The University of Akron since 1989, including the establishment of The Robert C. Musson Eminent Scholar Chair in Polymer Science, as well as scholarships in the College of Business Administration and the College of Nursing. The Foundation has also supported projects in Business Administration, Nursing, E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, and the former College of Fine & Applied Arts.

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