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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Pope, John T. Memorial Scholarship

The John T. Pope Memorial Scholarship is established in memory of John T. Pope, Class of 1943 in Mechanical Engineering, and a lifelong advocate of education.  With his wife, Alice Jeanne, Mr. Pope championed students who worked hard, met challenges head-on, and were devoted to their profession, their community, and most of all helping each other.  It is in that spirit that the John T. Pope Memorial Scholarship is established with a purpose of helping deserving students who are successfully pursuing an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.

Rising sophomores and juniors will be eligible for $1000 scholarships that may be renewed one time in the successive academic year.  The student recipient will be chosen by the Chair of the Department of Engineering, who may call upon faculty and others in the College of Engineering to propose candidates.  Criteria will include academic strength, but above all be based on good character and hard work coupled with financial need. 

The recipient will be invited to apply for the award according to College of Engineering protocols, and be required to acknowledge this award to the family of John T. Pope.  Acknowledgement letters will be distributed to the family through The University of Akron Department of Development.  The acknowledgement will include a description of why the award is important to the student, and talk about professional or community interests they have. 

With a recommendation from the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the $1000 award may be renewed for one successive year.  The basis for renewal will be academic strength and continued need.

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