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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Lero, Stanley J. Memorial Scholarship

The Stanley J. Lero Memorial Scholarship was established in 2016 by the family and friends of Stanley J. Lero to honor and preserve his legacy at The University of Akron College of Engineering. Stanley Lero believed that education was the key to any future and that honesty, integrity, and compassion formed the foundation to a lifelong career in engineering.

Lero attended The University of Akron and in 1949 earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. In 1956, he co-founded Lero and Markwald Engineers in Akron, Ohio, and went on to earn his Professional Engineers License in 1957. Today, the business he co-founded, now known as Lero, Rollence & Moinette Inc., continues to serve its clients utilizing Lero’s founding principle of “Superior Value through Quality Engineering.”

Students eligible for The Stanley J. Lero Memorial Scholarship must be enrolled full time in UA’s mechanical engineering program in the College of Engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need.

A scholarship committee from the College of Engineering and the Office of Student Financial Aid will review qualified students based on socioeconomic factors, enrollment status, and GPA. Top candidates will be forwarded to the children of Stanley J. Lero (Candice, Alyssa, Stanley II, Tim) or their designee for selection of recipient.

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