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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Britsch, Donald T. Endowed Scholarship Fund

Donald T. Britsch was born in 1910 and graduated from The University of Akron in 1934 with a degree in engineering. He was fond of telling stories about walking to class from his home on the southwest side of Akron with the Olson brothers, who later founded the Olson Electronics. Donald worked for several companies in the Akron area before retiring from the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company as an Engineering supervisor. Donald and his brother, Harold, never married and they lived until late in life in their family home. Donald was an avid reader of books magazines and newspapers and enjoyed investing in the stock market. He was always very proud of his University.

Donald provided an unrestricted gift to the University which will be matched by a gift from The GAR Foundation to establish a “tuition assistance endowment” scholarship in support of Summit College students.

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