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

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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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Gingo, Joseph M. and A. Schulman Inc. Scholarship Fund

A. Schulman Inc. established The Joseph M. Gingo and A. Schulman Inc. Scholarship Fund in 2014 (and revised it in 2016) to honor the service of retired President and CEO Joseph M. Gingo. The scholarship also will reinforce A. Schulman’s ongoing commitment to identify, support, and develop the outstanding engineers of tomorrow.

An Akron native, Gingo served as president/CEO of A. Schulman and chairman of its Board of Directors for seven years. Under his leadership, A. Schulman grew significantly through strategic acquisitions and organic growth initiatives and unified its global organization through the implementation of four guiding principles: open, honest, listen, and accountable. Prior to A. Schulman, Gingo worked for The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 41 years, beginning in 1966 as a design and development engineer and later as a key executive.

Gingo earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University) and holds a master’s degree in business management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Sloan Fellow. Gingo earned a law degree from The University of Akron in 1971.

A. Schulman is a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and resins that are used as raw material in a variety of markets. A. Schulman understands that associates who help meet company goals are an organization's most important assets.

Deserving candidates will be full-time students who have completed their sophomore year in the Chemical Engineering Program. Applicants must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This scholarship can be renewed for one year after the initial award is made, provided the student maintains the minimum GPA requirement. One candidate will be selected to receive $2,000 for his/her third and fourth year in the Chemical Engineering Program. Preference will be given to students with financial need. Scholarship recipients will be required to spend one paid internship rotation at an A. Schulman facility.

Candidates must be able to work in the United States and be a resident or graduate from an Ohio high school located in Summit, Stark, Cuyahoga, Medina, or Portage counties. Recipients will be notified in the spring of their second year.  Recipients will intern during the summer following their second year and receive $1,000 for the fall and spring semesters of their third year. Student who successfully complete the third year will be eligible to receive the additional $2,000 award for their fourth year. Recipients will be selected by the College of Engineering, with confirmation by Student Financial Aid.

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