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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Mercury Plastics Scholarship

The Mercury Plastics Scholarship was established in August 2019 by Mercury Plastics, Inc.  The scholarship offers financial support to exceptional students in the Women in Engineering and Increasing Diversity in Engineering Academics programs at The University of Akron.  Students in these programs are pursuing undergraduate degrees in electrical or mechanical engineering.

Mercury Plastics, located in Middlefield, Ohio, provides innovative thermoplastic solutions to a variety of markets including appliance, automotive, construction, electrical, faucet, liquid dispensing, marine, medical, off-shore oil and plumbing.  The company is recognized as an industry leader, providing unique approaches to profile extrusion, injection overmolding and fabrication of thermoplastic parts.  Their capabilities set them apart from the competition, and they are further distinguished as one of only a few North American companies with a captive electron beam processing facility.  Built in 1999, this facility houses a five mega-volt electron beam allowing them to cross-link a variety of polymers.

The Mercury Plastics Scholarship is to be awarded to undergraduate freshmen through senior level students pursuing electrical or mechanical engineering degrees.  Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain it to be considered for scholarship renewal.  They must also be a member of the Women in Engineering program and/or the Increasing Diversity in Engineering Academics program, and demonstrate financial need.  Mercury Plastics will review scholarship applications provided by the College of Engineering and provide recommendations to the College for final selection. 

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