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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Trajectory Award, College of Engineering Student-Loan Debt Reduction Program

The College of Engineering Trajectory Award seeks to assist deserving senior students within one year of graduation in the College of Engineering with student-loan debt reduction. The purpose of the program is to reward promising engineering students who have been identified by faculty and/or staff as having great potential as they embark on engineering careers. The College of Engineering Trajectory Award is meant to help launch and propel engineering graduates on a positive path by reducing the potential drag of student-loan debt.

The University of Akron College of Engineering has earned a reputation for training and developing an engineering workforce capable of making an immediate and lasting impact as graduates embark on engineering careers. The College of Engineering Trajectory Award is intended to further assist deserving students in the transition from college to productive employment by reducing the amount of total debt the graduate must repay to satisfy student-loan obligations. Deserving students will be identified on the basis of academic achievement and their potential to be community leaders as evidenced by extra-curricular, co-curricular, civic and volunteer activities, along with strong letters of recommendation from faculty, staff, co-op employers, and others.

The College of Engineering Trajectory Award will be presented at the spring 2015 and 2016 Annual College of Engineering Honors and Awards Banquet. Ten deserving students who are preparing for graduation with a bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline will receive this honor, which will provide $10,000 in student-loan debt reduction to each recipient. It is intended that two students from each of the five engineering programs within the College of Engineering will be selected.

The Director of Financial Aid will assist the process by providing names of qualified recipients. Students deserving of this award will be nominated by faculty and/or staff within the college in a process administered by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Students desiring to be considered (and not otherwise nominated) may also apply so long as they obtain the endorsement of a faculty or staff member. Nominated students will apply for this consideration by completing essays and submitting letters of recommendation as described below. The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies will lead the selection process with assistance from faculty, staff, and/or department chairs.  

Applicants for The College of Engineering Trajectory Award will meet the following criteria:

  • Students are seniors preparing for graduation at the end of Spring 2015 and 2016 or Summer 2015 and 2016 semesters.
  • Students have a cumulative and engineering GPA of 3.0 or higher and are in good standing at the College of Engineering and The University of Akron at the time of application. 
  • Preference will be given to students who can provide examples of leadership, community involvement, volunteerism, extra-curricular, co-curricular, and participation in University and community opportunities as evidenced by awards, recognition, and/or letters of recommendation.
  • Along with a completed application, students must supply a one-page essay on their achievements and why they are deserving of the award. Students also will supply an overview on the potential impact of earning this award by describing how it will enable and propel them after graduation.
  • Students have participated in the College of Engineering Co-Operative Education program and include with their application at least one letter of recommendation resulting from their co-op experience.
  • Students also must include at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member of the College of Engineering.
  • Students have outstanding student-loan debt (as documented by the Office of Student Financial Aid) in excess of $10,000.

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