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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Hopper, Edward F. and Ruth Endowment Fund Scholarship

The Edward F. and Ruth A. Hopper Endowment Fund Scholarship was established out of Mr. and Mrs. Hopper’s desire to support and encourage young men who have demonstrated the capacity and motivation to achieve significant educational and career goals in life and have developed the leadership skills to achieve these goals through active participation in the Ohio Epsilon Chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity at The University of Akron.

Candidates for The Edward F. and Ruth A. Hopper Endowment Fund Scholarship must be full-time students (or the summer equivalent) enrolled at The University of Akron who are in good standing with Phi Delta Theta and The University of Akron. Application for the scholarship is to be made through the Phi Delta Theta Scholarship Board, The University of Akron Scholarship Committee, or The President of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation. The Scholarship Board, in turn, will make recommendations regarding the recipient(s) to Ed and Ruth Hopper or their designee. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, books, rent at the Phi Delta Theta House at The University of Akron, or related costs incurred to attend an annual conference. The award may be renewable provided the recipient(s) remain in good standing with The University of Akron and Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

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