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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Hojfeldt, Irena A. Emergency Fund for the Concert Choir and Music Students

The Irena A. Hojfeldt Emergency Fund for the Concert Choir and Music Students was established by Irena A. Hojfeldt ’87, ’90 in November 2015. Hojfeldt’s intent is to assist the Concert Choir and to support talented students who have financial need so they may concentrate on performing and reaching their full potential. This non-endowed fund will:

  • Assist the Concert Choir when general needs arise that are not covered in the budget
  • Assist one or more students enrolled in Concert Choir or other music classes who are in need of extra financial support

The Irena A. Hojfeldt Emergency Fund for the Concert Choir and Music Students may be used to assist with general needs of the Concert Choir that are not covered in the budget. In addition, the fund may be used to assist students enrolled in Concert Choir or another music class who:

  1. Exhibit good voice potential;
  2. Have a GPA of 2.8 or higher; and
  3. Demonstrate financial hardship when obtaining books, sheet music, and/or required performance attire.

Additional considerations can be made for awarding the fund. For example, the fund can be used to assist instrumental music students for academic supplies, such as the purchase of a higher quality part of a specific instrument, when the need is identified by a faculty member.

In all cases, the award is to be made anonymously and at the discretion of both the director of the School of Music and the director of Choral Studies at The University of Akron.

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