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Scholarships for undergraduates

UA awards thousands of scholarships annually that cover a wide range of academic pursuits.

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We consider you automatically for these undergraduate scholarships

For the scholarships in this section, we determine your eligibility using information from your admission application. You are automatically considered. There is no separate application.

Akron Guarantee Scholarship

Freshman scholarship recipient Jessica

For freshmen: The Akron Guarantee Scholarship guarantees the annual renewal of your scholarship if you make progress toward a degree. It starts with an initial award of $1,000 to $7,500, depending on your high school GPA and ACT/SAT score. As you maintain good academic standing, the guaranteed scholarship increases in value as you earn 30, 60 and 90 credits, totaling $8,000 to $34,000 over four years. Only new, incoming freshmen are eligible for consideration. More about the Akron Guarantee Scholarship.

For transfer students: You may qualify for the Akron Guarantee Scholarship for Transfer Students.

For adult students: Akron Guarantee Scholarship for Adult Students.

Zips Affordability Scholarship

This brand-new scholarship was created because we know the cost of college can be a barrier for students, and grants and scholarships don’t always cover tuition and fees. This incredible new scholarship will help you start and finish your degree.

Recipients must be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant, must live in the University’s primary six-county service area (Cuyahoga, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties) and must be a new, first-time freshman starting at UA in fall 2021 or later.

Zips Affordability Scholarship

Akron Advantage Award

If you're a non-Ohio resident and you have a 3.00+ GPA and 20 ACT or 1020 SAT, you may receive a $3,000 Akron Advantage Award.

The Akron Advantage Award scholarship is renewable as long as you remain in good academic standing. This award will reduce your cost of tuition from $15,500 to $12,500. Only new, incoming freshmen are eligible for consideration. More about the Akron Advantage Award.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the transition to online and hybrid courses, the non-Ohio resident surcharge has been reduced and in some cases is below the semester award maximum of $1,500. Please note that this scholarship ONLY applies to the non-Ohio resident surcharge and it will be reduced if that surcharge is less than $1,500 per semester.

Akron Public Schools' Innovation Generation Scholarship

In a unique partnership, the Akron Public Schools and The University of Akron will offer a scholarship opportunity to qualified APS seniors to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about the scholarship.

For transfer students

The Akron Guarantee Scholarship for transfer students guarantees the annual renewal of your scholarship if you maintain good academic standing at UA (a 2.0 GPA). It starts with an initial award of $1,000 to $2,000. It also includes automatic scholarship upgrades as you earn 30, 60 and 90 credits, totaling up to $3,500. All about the Akron Guarantee Scholarship for transfer students.

Renewal criteria for these scholarships

To maintain eligibility for the undergraduate and freshmen scholarships in this section, students must maintain full-time enrollment status on a continuous basis for no more than eight semesters and meet the cumulative GPA requirements. See the scholarship renewal criteria.

Scholarship opportunities for undergraduates that require an application

Unlike the scholarships above, the scholarships in this section have their own applications and renewal criteria.

Private/named scholarships

Private/named scholarships (including endowed scholarships) are funded by external donors and awarded to students who meet criteria set by the donors. The criteria may include a demonstrated history of leadership, community service, financial need and/or other personal factors. These scholarships are not automatically renewed. An application is required each year for consideration.

Application deadlines for Incoming Freshman:

  • Priority deadline for freshman private/endowed scholarship applications is Jan. 31, 2021. Students must have high school transcripts submitted to the Office of Admissions by this date AND be admitted to The University of Akron to be considered for an early award.
  • Students who submit applications after the priority deadline, but by May 1, may still be considered for scholarships that remain after priority awarding.

Application deadline for Continuing Students is May 1.

Apply: Private Endowed Scholarship Online Application

Underrepresented Students Scholarship

Scholarships of up to $3,500 may be awarded to entering freshmen, historically underrepresented, based on the criteria below. Recipients must be degree seeking and have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or minimum composite ACT score of 20 or minimum SAT score of 1020 (total score on SAT taken on or after March 1, 2018) or minimum SAT score of 950 (combined critical reading and math score on SAT taken before March 1, 2018).

Criteria may include: Ohio and Non-Ohio Residency; Ohio County of Residence; location of high school attended; financial need/economic background; extracurricular activities; first generation college attendance; evidence of leadership ability; creativity; community involvement; and students with a history of overcoming adversity.

Consideration will also be given to students from urban areas and Appalachian counties.

This scholarship is renewable provided that the student completes a minimum of 12 credits for fall and 12 credits for spring each year AND has a 2.75 cumulative GPA by the end of each spring semester.

Apply: Students should submit the scholarship application and personal statement no later than May 1.

Major-specific scholarships

An application for the following college/academic department scholarships may be required. Each scholarship process is different. Follow the links below for detailed information and instructions.

Colleges and academic departments with scholarship programs:

Additional scholarships

An application may be required for the following scholarships. Each scholarship process is different. Follow the links below for detailed information and instructions.

Tuition assistance programs offered outside of The University of Akron may include:

Outside scholarships for undergraduates

There are a number of free and recommended websites that students can use to search for scholarship opportunities outside of The University of Akron. Outside scholarships received should be reported to the Office of Student Accounts.

TIP: Look for scholarship opportunities close to home — through your community, your church, nearby foundations, places of employment and special interests. Check with them!


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