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

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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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Mallo Family Scholarship Fund

The Mallo Family Scholarship Fund (“Fund”) was established in December, 2001 by Ted A. Mallo and JoAnn E. Mallo and last revised in May 2018.  Ted Mallo served for twelve years as a member of the Green Local Schools Board of Education, including two terms as President.  JoAnn Mallo served as an elementary school teacher in Green Local Schools for twenty years.

It is intended that The Mallo Family Scholarship Fund provide one annual scholarship of up to

$1,000.00 to a graduate of the Green Local School District in the City of Green, Summit County, Ohio who, upon graduation from high school, matriculates at and attends The University of Akron as a full-time student.  The scholarship shall be applied directly to the recipient’s UA student account for payment of tuition, fees, and room and board.

The Mallo Family Scholarship Fund is an endowed account to be held and administered by The University of Akron Foundation.  Currently, the fair market value of the endowed account is in excess of $87,000.

There shall be five categories of criteria that shall guide the selection process, which shall be conducted by the Green Local Schools through an application and review process determined by the Green Local Schools, and in coordination with University of Akron scholarship award policies and procedures. 

The first three criteria -- scholarship, leadership and athletics, -- have minimum requirements.  The remaining two criteria shall be determined within the reasonable discretion of the Green Local School District:

  • Scholarship: Only students who have a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and meet the Leadership and Athletic criteria, shall be considered eligible for consideration for the award;
  • Leadership: Student leaders are those who are participants in and promoters of school activities, dependable, resourceful, willing to assume leadership positions as evidenced by holding at least one significant leadership position during their enrollment in high school, trustworthy, and who exemplify positive attitudes about life;
  • Athletics: Only students who are also student athletes (as evidenced by having participated on and “lettered” in at least one interscholastic athletic team while in high school)shall be considered eligible for consideration on the basis of other criteria;
  • Character: Students of good character uphold and demonstrate principles of morality, ethics, honesty and reliability, and show common courtesy, concern, and respect for others and generally maintain a healthy lifestyle;
  • Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary participation in school or community activities or by voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.

The scholarship shall be identified by the Green Local Schools as the "Mallo Student Achievement Award."  The criteria upon which it is to be awarded has been established in recognition of the student achievement of Ted and JoAnn Mallo's three children, each of whom attended and graduated from Green Local Schools.  Ted (Class of '86) and Tim (Class of '87) each of whom received the Senior Class Manhood Award.  Robin, (Class of '90), who received the Senior Class Womanhood Award.  All three children were high academic achievers, including valedictorian honors for both Ted and Tim, and all three children "lettered" in multiple sports for multiple years while in high school.

The Mallo Student Achievement Award is intended to recognize academic achievers who also excel outside the classroom as evidenced by their demonstrated performance and conduct similar to that of recipients of manhood and womanhood designations, as well as by their participation as a senior student-athlete and lettering in at least one interscholastic sport. 

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