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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Belfance, Kathryn A. Scholarship Fund

The Kathryn A. Belfance Scholarship Fund was established in September 2007 by her family in honor of her 70th birthday. Kathryn (Kay) received her B.A. in English from The University of Akron (1974) and completed her juris doctorate in 1977, attending the School of Law as an evening student. During her studies, Kay worked full time as a legal secretary and was a single mother raising three children. While balancing work, family, and her studies, Kay achieved academic excellence and was an associate editor on The University of Akron Law Review.

Upon graduation, Kay entered the law profession and formed a practice with the Honorable Judge Judith Nicely. Kay went into private practice, specializing in bankruptcy and family law. An active member of the Akron Bar Association, Kay has served on numerous committees during her many years of service.

Kay is a role model for all women who aspire to serve the public as attorneys at law. A person of high moral and ethical character, Kay embodies the values of the legal profession and possesses a generosity of spirit toward her colleagues that is a rare encounter. Kay has impacted the lives of her clients and has mentored numerous young attorneys during her first 30 years of practice in Northern Ohio.

The Kathryn A. Belfance Scholarship Fund is designated for women who are members of the editorial staff of the Akron Law review. Specifically, the award is for women who exhibit financial need, with preference to those who are mothers, balancing the demands of home life and academic success. The Scholarship Committee at The University of Akron School of Law will select the recipient or recipients. Scholarship awards may cover tuition, fees, and books, all or in part.

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