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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Kitarich, Peter A. and Carol J. Endowed Scholarship

The Peter A. and Carol J. Kitarich Endowed Scholarship was established in 2018 by The June D. Kitarich Living Trust.   The scholarship fund was created by June Kitarich in loving tribute to her son, Peter Allen Kitarich, and her daughter, Carol Jeanne Kitarich.  A native of Kenmore, Ohio, Mrs. Kitarich was a dedicated member of the Kenmore and Barberton communities.  She worked at Kenmore and Barberton Libraries, Firestone Bank as a bookkeeper, and was a member of Goss Memorial Church.  Mrs. Kitarich’s brother, Alfred Ray Seese, Jr., and her son, Peter, graduated from The University of Akron in 1943 and 1974/75, respectively.   

The Peter A. and Carol J. Kitarich Endowed Scholarship is directed to qualified full-time undergraduates enrolled in the College of Engineering.  With an emphasis towards degree completion by rewarding students with scholastic achievement, superior character and leadership, this scholarship is renewable as long as recipients remain in good academic standing.

Scholarships are awarded annually and applied directly to student accounts.  Award amounts and number of recipients may vary depending on available funds.  Recipients will be selected by The College of Engineering in collaboration with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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