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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Rastomji, Dr. Darius Memorial Scholarship in Business Technology

The Dr. Darius Rastomji Memorial Scholarship in Business Technology was created in 2003 by friends and colleagues of Professor Rastomji. Professor Rastomji was a faculty member in Summit College who taught computer information systems. He began his teaching career at The University of Akron in 1980. In 1997, he became the Associate Chair of Business Technology.

Dr. Rastomji received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Pune, Pune, India. He earned an A.A.S.S. degree in computer information systems, an M.S. Ed., and a Ph.D. in education from The University of Akron. He was an accomplished violinist who studied at the Royal School of Music in London and the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv.

The Dr. Darius Rastomji Memorial Scholarship in Business Technology will recognize an undergraduate student in the Computer Information Systems program within Summit College. The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, completed at least 24 credit hours (excluding transfer credit), and be returning to Summit College as a full-time student for the following semester. The recipient will be chosen by a committee within Summit College in conjunction with Financial Aid.

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