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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Hojfeldt, Tage and Irena A. Memorial Emergency Fund

The Tage and Irena A. Hojfeldt Memorial Emergency Fund was created in July 2019 by combining two existing funds established by Mrs. Hojfeldt, '87, '90 – The Tage and Irena Hojfeldt Memorial Scholarship, which was created in May 2008 to provide support to University of Akron students in the Hospitality Management program, and The Irena A. Hojfeldt Emergency Fund for the Concert Choir and Music Students, which was created in November 2015. 

The Tage and Irena A. Hojfeldt Memorial Emergency Fund will provide assistance to talented students with financial need who participate in The University of Akron School of Music’s choir ensemble or instrumental music studies.  It is hoped this assistance will allow recipients to concentrate on performance studies and to reach their full personal potential.

The Tage and Irena A. Hojfeldt Memorial Emergency Fund shall be used to assist with needs of School of Music choir participants and instrumental music students that are not covered by standard financial aid.  Eligibility to receive assistance is based on a choir participant who exhibits good voice potential or instrumental music student who exhibits good musical talent, and who:

  1. Maintains good academic standing; and
  2. Demonstrates financial hardship when obtaining books, sheet music, required performance attire, or other items that would prohibit the student from participating in the Choir or music class.  For example, the fund can be used to assist instrumental music students for academic supplies, such as the purchase of a higher quality part of a specific instrument, when the need is identified by a faculty member.

In all cases, the awards are at the discretion of both the director of the School of Music and the director of Choral Activities at The University of Akron.  The amount and number of awards will vary, depending on available funds and the needs of qualified students.

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