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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Trajectory, College of Engineering Award

For more than 100 years, The University of Akron College of Engineering has earned a reputation for training and developing an engineering workforce capable of making immediate and lasting impact as graduates.  The College of Engineering Trajectory Award at The University of Akron (hereafter ‘the University’) will assist deserving undergraduate students in the College of Engineering with federal student loan debt reduction to further assist deserving students transitioning from college.

Trajectory Award recipients are examples of students graduating from the College of Engineering whose talents, along with the help from family, faculty, and peers, have enabled them to succeed.  Moreover, in keeping with the tenet that, ‘to whom much is given, much is expected,’ they have demonstrated a willingness to contribute to the wellbeing of others, now and into the future.  The Trajectory Award is meant to relieve some of the financial burden that might otherwise hinder them after graduation.  

Deserving students are identified based on achievement in academic and extra-curricular, co-curricular, civic and volunteer activities, as well as their potential to become future community leaders. Since its 2012 establishment, the Award has recognized 50 recipients who, through their examples, have advanced a culture of leadership in the College of Engineering.  

It is intended that each of the college’s engineering departments will have at least one student recipient selected, and the remaining recipients will be selected among applicants at large across all engineering departments. 

The Director of Financial Aid at the University will provide names of qualified recipients. 

Deserving students must be nominated by faculty and/or staff within the College of Engineering in a process administered by the Dean of the College of Engineering (or the Dean’s delegate for this purpose).

Eligibility Criteria:  

  • The student plans to graduate with their B.S. degree in an engineering discipline at the end of the spring or summer semesters.
  • The student has both an overall cumulative and overall Engineering GPA of 3.0 or higher and is in good standing at the College and the University at the time of the application.
  • The student has participated in the College’s Co-operative Education program (with at least one transcripted experience).
  • The student has an outstanding federal student loan debt, as documented by the Office of Student Financial Aid, of the calculated Award Amount at the time of the announcement of The Trajectory Award for that year (normally at the end of January).

- Only federal student loan debt is eligible for reduction through this Award distribution. 

- Federal loan amounts must still be outstanding at the time of the Award announcement to be eligible for the Award distribution.

The application is as follows:

  • A one-page essay on the student’s achievements and why they feel they are deserving of this award. This essay must also address how earning this award will enable and propel them after graduation, including thoughts on serving their community.
  • A one-page list of activities and awards that describes leadership roles, community involvement, volunteerism, extra/co-curricular activities, awards and recognitions.
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member of the College.
  • At least one letter of recommendation resulting from their co-op experience.

 Note:  The student should submit no more than five letters of recommendation, overall, in support of their application.

  • Preference will be given to students providing examples of leadership, community involvement, volunteerism, extra-curricular, co-curricular, and participation in University and the community as evidenced by awards, recognition, and/or letters of recommendation.

The College of Engineering Trajectory Award will be presented at the annual College of Engineering Honors and Awards Banquet, or a similarly appropriate spring celebration held by the College.  At this time, the Dean or an invited guest will comment on the significance of the Award. 

Each student will be given the ‘Statement of Purpose from the Donors’ (Attachment A) that describes the motivation underlying the Award. This affirms the continued importance of donating their time and talents as gifts to others as they move forward in their lives.

Recipients of the Trajectory Award will agree to allow news of their Award status to be published in any way considered appropriate by The College of Engineering and The University.

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