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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Pecko, Jerome and Rebecca Scholarship Fund

Dr. Jerome Pecko and his wife Rebecca Pecko have established The Jerome and Rebecca Pecko Scholarship Fund at The University of Akron generously in support of education and Jerome's dear alma mater. The University of Akron has played a major role in Jerome's life, and he and Rebecca seek to assist local students in achieving their educational goals.

Dr. Pecko earned his Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Akron in 1969. He went on to further his studies and completed his Master Degree in 1974 and his ED.D. in Educational Administration in 1985. Dr. Pecko became the 29th superintendent for Toledo Public Schools on August 1, 2010. A veteran educator, Dr. Pecko has an extensive background in the field of education. From 1994 to 2007 he was the superintendent for Barberton City Schools and the Springfield Local School District. Prior to becoming a superintendent, he was the Executive Director of School Improvement with the Akron City Schools. Throughout Dr. Pecko's 30 years of service in education he has held positions as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Additionally Dr. Pecko served in the United States Armed Forces.

The recipient(s) of The Jerome and Rebecca Pecko Scholarship Fund must be enrolled full-time and have a declared major in the area of education at The University of Akron. Preference will be given to graduates of the Barberton or Springfield school districts. Special consideration will be given to students who have the greatest financial need. The award recipients and the amount of the annual award will be determined by the Pecko Family in collaboration with the College of Education.

Due to the generosity of the Mary Frances Shale Trust, this fund will receive matching dollars annually beginning in December 2011.

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