Scholarships for undergraduates

UA offers thousands of scholarships annually. Learn more about our scholarships programs and eligibility.

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UA 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

JessicaFor fall 2019: The Akron Guarantee Scholarship 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 $500 to $6,500, depending on your high school GPA and ACT/SAT score. It increases in value as you earn 30, 60 and 90 credits, totaling up to $3,500 more. Only new, incoming freshmen are eligible for consideration. More about the Akron Guarantee Scholarship.

Transfer students may qualify for the Akron Guarantee Scholarship for Transfer Students.

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.

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 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 maximum

UA strives to address the financial needs of as many students as possible. By setting a scholarship maximum, or cap, the University is able to help more students achieve their goals by distributing scholarships broadly to a greater number of students.

Scholarships awarded by the University, including institutional scholarships and private/named/endowed scholarships, are subject to the established scholarship cap.

The combination of a student's University-awarded scholarships for the coming academic year cannot exceed the cap, which is $11,000 annually.

More scholarship opportunities for undergraduates

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.

  • New Freshman Scholarship Application - Priority deadline for freshman private/endowed scholarship applications is January 31, 2019. Students must have high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores 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.
  • Continuing Student Scholarship Application – apply by May 1.

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!

Scholarship maximum

UA strives to address the financial needs of as many students as possible. By setting a scholarship maximum, or cap, the University is able to help more students achieve their goals by distributing scholarships broadly to a greater number of students.

Scholarships awarded by the University, including institutional scholarships and private/named/endowed scholarships, are subject to the established scholarship cap.

The combination of a student's University-awarded scholarships for the coming academic year cannot exceed the cap, which is $11,000 annually.

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