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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Non-Profit Internship Program Fund

The Non-Profit Internship Program Fund was created in April 2015 by a College of Business Administration (CBA) Honors student, Alexander J. Shannon, at The University of Akron. Shannon is a 2015 graduate with a bachelor of science in accounting.

Shannon recognized business students were unable to receive compensation for non-profit sector internship experiences. As a result, he created The Non-Profit Internship Program Fund to award to students gaining experience with non-profit organization partners of The University of Akron College of Business.

The Non-Profit Internship Program Fund will provide students with financial support during their internship experience. Selected candidates must provide written documentation confirming their internship hours and enrollment for the CBA Internship Course. The number of funded students and the fund dollar amounts will be determined each year. The funds provided to student participants will be made directly to the student and will not be included as part of any other financial aid package.

Donated funds for The Non-Profit Internship Program Fund will offer support to selected candidates. Potential candidates must be enrolled full time at The University of Akron, admitted to the CBA, and majoring in business.

Potential candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and are required to submit a one-page essay expressing their internship interest in the non-profit sector to the coordinator of internships.

A Selection Committee comprised of the CBA assistant dean and coordinator of internships will select recipients. The Committee will consider the following factors:

  • Candidate's ability to complete a 240-hour internship with a non-profit partner;
  • Candidate's ability to enroll in three-credit hour Internship Course at UA;
  • Financial need;
  • Credit hours completed; and
  • Cumulative GPA, along with a review of the potential candidate's individual situation.

Selected candidates will receive one-half of funds at the end of the seventh week of the internship. Written confirmation from the non-profit organization's internship coordinator must be submitted to the CBA coordinator of internships. Upon the completion of the remaining 120 hours, candidates will receive the remaining funds from The Non-profit Internship Program Fund.

In support of this student-led initiative to help CBA students experience a non-profit organization internship, UA alumni Roger and Judy Read provided the initial gift for The Non-Profit Internship Program Fund. Additional gifts to support the fund are welcome. The inaugural candidate(s) will be selected to participate during the 2015 fall semester. 

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