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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Hoover, Dr. David H. Scholarship Fund

The Dr. David H. Hoover Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 to honor the memory of Dr. David H. Hoover, professor emeritus, educator, and public servant who dedicated his life and professional career to providing aid to others during emergency/crisis situations. This scholarship, created by students enrolled in the Fire Protection Technology Degree Program, was endowed in 2010 through the many gifts received from family, friends, students, and colleagues in memory of Dr. Hoover.

Dr. Hoover’s career was a vibrant demonstration to students that service to others is, indeed, virtuous. A volunteer firefighter before becoming a career firefighter, paramedic, and assistant chief, Dr. Hoover joined The University of Akron in 1981, where his impact and educational instruction were legendary.

He established and led the progression of three emergency management programs: AAS in Fire Protection Technology, a BS in emergency management, and an AAS in emergency medical services. Before retiring in 2005, Dr. Hoover taught fire protection and emergency management and was co-director of the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy Research.

Dr. Hoover received an associate degree in fire protection, bachelor's degree in technical education, and a master's degree in urban studies from The University of Akron. A PhD in urban studies was received from Union Institution in Cincinnati. He co-authored several books and served as director of Disaster Readiness for the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus.

The Dr. David H. Hoover Scholarship Fund recognizes Dr. and Mrs. Hoover’s commitment to The University of Akron and the value of the education they received as students. The scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in The University of Akron Fire Protection Program or Emergency Management Program. The Dr. David H. Hoover Scholarship Fund will be selected by the academic program in cooperation with the Office of Student Financial Aid at The University of Akron.

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