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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Audio-Technica Esports Scholarship

Established by the Audio-Technica Corporation in June 2018, The Audio-Technica Esports Scholarship supports The University of Akron Zips Esports program, providing scholarship assistance for varsity team members, as well as audio engineers associated with UA’s esports initiatives.

Since 1962, Audio-Technica has been devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of problem-solving audio equipment.  In 2014, the company introduced its first-ever gaming headsets, which provide audiophile sound quality and feature a built-in mic for in-game communication.  Audio-Technica’s support as the Exclusive Audio Partner of The University of Akron’s esports program will not only allow students to give peak performance through crisp and clear communication, but also allow the broadcast team to stream the competitions with the highest quality audio.

The Audio-Technica Esports Scholarship will be awarded annually to two individuals involved with the Zips Esports program.

One $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a varsity team member or manager in good standing with the program’s eligibility standards, including GPA requirements, training attendance, participation in training support programs (exercise, nutrition, and other initiatives as required by the varsity program), etc.

Another $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to an audio engineer involved with the esports program with preference given to a varsity team member, a team manager, or an individual on the broadcast production team for the Zips Esports Network.

Selection of recipients will be made by the director of UA’s Zips Esports program.


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