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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Richards, Dr. A. M. Richards ’48 and Nina Mamay ’49 Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering, Biology and Music

The Dr. A. M. Richards ’48 and Nina Mamay Richards ’49 Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering, Biology and Music was established in 1996 by University of Akron graduates Dr. and Mrs. A. M. Richards and revised in 2017. 

Dr. Richards was a faculty member of The University of Akron Department of Civil Engineering from 1949 to 1983.  At the College of Engineering’s 75th anniversary celebration in 1990, the college honored Dr. Richards with its highest distinction, presenting him the Outstanding Teacher Award. 

Nina Mamay Richards earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at The University of Akron in 1949 and a master’s in education in 1980.  She was a bacteriologist for the City of Akron until 1954 and taught microbiology at Cuyahoga Falls High School from 1973 to 1983.

The Richards’ children received degrees at The University of Akron.  Their daughter, Karen, earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 1976, and son, Martin, earned bachelors and master’s degrees in music in 1977 and 1980.  

The Dr. A. M. Richards ’48 and Nina Mamay Richards ’49 Endowed Scholarship provides awards supporting three academic programs (one each) to be distributed to students in the Department of Civil Engineering, the Department of Biology, and the School of Music.    

Scholarship consideration will be given to students who are:

  • S. Citizens
  • Full-time undergraduate students pursuing degree(s) offered by the Departments of Civil Engineering, Department of Biology and School of Music
  • Academically talented and personally motivated to join the broad intellectual life that is offered by the Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Biology and School of Music

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