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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Perry, Lisa S. Child Life Scholarship

In July of 2012, the Littlejohn Family was involved in a car accident that claimed the life of their two-year-old daughter, Megan. The following weeks and months were very difficult for Megan’s parents, older brother, and extended family. They received amazing support from friends and family, as well as Child Life Specialists and Grief Counselors who helped them begin to heal and move forward. The Megan Littlejohn Foundation was created to honor Megan's memory and also to help other families going through similar tragedies. The foundation currently supports Cornerstone of Hope’s child counseling services and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Child Life Department.

The Lisa S. Perry Child Life Scholarship was established by the Megan Littlejohn Foundation in honor of Lisa Perry, a Child Life Specialist who provided invaluable support to the Littlejohn family. The scholarship was established to assist a deserving University of Akron student in the Child Life Specialist Program. 

Recipients will be selected by a UA faculty committee in coordination with board members of the Megan Littlejohn Foundation based on academic standing, need for financial assistance, and a strong commitment to and history of community outreach. Recipients are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

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