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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Hoch, Dr. Loren and Emma Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Loren and Emma Hoch Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 to assist senior students in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Loren Hoch created the fund to honor the memory of his late wife, Emma, as well as to display the family’s willingness to help others.

The Hochs came to The University of Akron in 1969 from Hammond, Ind., and quickly fell in love with the region as well as the University. Dr. Hoch was a K-12 science educator in the College of Education. His major assignment was to help elementary education majors with a science concentration. Mrs. Hoch was involved with the University through various community initiatives. The Hoch family has maintained a passion for education, as each of their three sons went into some form of teaching. Dr. Loren and Mrs. Hoch were married for 62 years.

Dr. Hoch would like to help students pursuing a degree in his favorite course of study, biology.

Applicants must be enrolled full time in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a degree in biology. The scholarship recipient shall have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.  The fund will support students in their final year of pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

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