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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Tannenbaum, James Memorial Scholarship

The James Tannenbaum Memorial Scholarship is an endowed fund created in 2005 (and subsequently revised in 2010 and 2017) with a generous gift by Dr. Michele Mills, honoring the memory of her late husband and teacher.  James Tannenbaum (1944 – 2002), was a member of the distinguished Cleveland Institute of Music conservatory piano faculty for over thirty years.  He was a renowned pianist and dedicated teacher whose performances, master classes, and adjudication at competitions contributed to the musical life of universities and communities in northeast Ohio and surrounding states, as well as numerous locations throughout the country.  Devoted to high standards of pianism, readings of works faithful to an urtext score, as well as beauty and expression, Mr. Tannenbaum performed imaginative new recital programs annually throughout his life. 

He appeared as a soloist in concertos with numerous orchestras throughout the region, and was a stalwart on the Cleveland Institute of Music distinguished Wednesday Night Concert Series.  He appeared in collaboration with some of the finest musicians in the country such as Eleanor Steber, Helen Vanni, Paul Sperry, Maurice Sharp and Franklin Cohen.  In 1991, the Ohio House of Representatives recognized his contributions with a special proclamation celebrating 25 years of extraordinary music making in Ohio. 

As a student, he was a soloist with the Michigan State singers and was among the finest young pianists invited to participate in the first two years of the Blossom Chamber Music Festival.  Although he studied piano with a number of distinguished teachers, he was quick to credit Victor Babin, himself a student of renowned pedagogue Artur Schnabel, as his primary mentor and influence.  Mr. Tannenbaum’s own studies at CIM were strongly supported by honors and awards in the form of scholarships due to high performance in both scholastics as well as pianism.  He was the recipient of the prestigious Beryl Rubinstein Memorial Scholarship, first prizes won at various competitions including the Battle Creek International Competition, Michigan State University Concerto Competition, the Cleveland Institute of Music Piano Solo Competition, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition. 

Mr. Tannenbaum considered the music of the composer Mozart to be the most challenging and revealing in both the technical and expressive skills of any performer, thus the music of this composer is especially appropriate in memory of his own devotion to that repertoire both as a performer and teacher.

The James Tannenbaum Memorial Scholarship is designated as a scholarship to an outstanding incoming freshman, sophomore or junior piano student majoring in performance, accompanying or choral education.  The student must hold a 3.2 GPA, be active in solo and ensemble performance, and demonstrate qualities of leadership and citizenship either while in high school or at the university.  The amount of the scholarship per student is not to exceed $1,000. 

The recipient will be selected by the coordinator of piano studies (or similar position) in collaboration with piano faculty.  Scholarships will be announced at the spring honors convocation.  Scholarships may be used to support tuition and fees, books or on-campus housing.    If no candidate is found that meets the requirements noted above, the award funds for that year shall be returned to the principal. 

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