New freshmen

No scholarship application required:

You do not have to submit a scholarship application to apply for these scholarships. We will use the information from your Admission application to determine your eligibility for general institutional, Honors, and non-Ohio resident scholarships.

General institutional scholarships

General institutional scholarships, which range from $2,500 to $8,000, are awarded to new incoming freshmen. These scholarship awards are based on the highest combination of the student's high school cumulative GPA and standardized test scores (ACT/SAT). General institutional scholarships are awarded for a maximum of eight consecutive, full-time (12 credit hour) semesters of enrollment or until the completion of a Bachelor's Degree, whichever comes first.

Scholarship requirements

Admission deadline: Deadline May 1
GPA and Test requirement:

Minimum 3.0 high school GPA if the student receives a minimum composite ACT score of 21 OR a minimum SAT score of 1060 (combined critical reading and math score on SAT taken on or after March 1, 2016)


Minimum 3.5 high school GPA if the student receives a minimum composite ACT score of 20 OR minimum SAT score of 1020 (combined critical reading and math score on SAT taken on or after March 1, 2016)

Minimum enrollment: Full-time undergraduate (12 credits/semester)

Renewal Criteria

To maintain scholarship eligibility as a full-time undergraduate student, the following cumulative GPA requirements must be met:
Scholarship for Excellence $5,000-$8,000 UA cumulative GPA minimum: 3.25
Presidential Scholarship $3,500-$4,500 UA cumulative GPA minimum: 3.00
Student Success Scholarship $2,500-$3,000 UA cumulative GPA minimum: 2.75

NEW FOR 2017! The Akron Guarantee Scholarship

JessicaThe new, optional, Akron Guarantee Scholarship not only guarantees the yearly renewal of your scholarship so long as you are in good academic standing, but it also offers even greater financial support through automatic yearly upgrades.

The Guarantee Scholarship guarantees the annual renewal of your scholarship if you maintain good academic standing (a 2.0 GPA), AND it includes automatic scholarship upgrades as you earn 30, 60 and 90 credits, totaling up to $3,500. Learn more about this option available only to new freshmen entering in the fall of 2017.

Honors scholarships

An application is not required for general Williams Honors College Scholarships. Williams Honors College Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission to The University of Akron. Exceptionally high-achieving applicants will be invited to complete a special scholarship application and interview for The Lisle M. Buckingham/Owen O. and Della M. Orr Honors Scholarship.

Students admitted to The University of Akron prior to the March 1 deadline are considered for a Williams Honors College Scholarship Award. First consideration is given to those applicants meeting the criteria below. The Williams Honors College Scholarship is in addition to other general scholarships awarded by The University of Akron.

Honors admission deadline: Deadline May 1
GPA requirement: Minimum 3.50
Test requirement: Minimum 27 ACT with 20 English/22 Math or minimum 1210 SAT Reading and Math with 470 Reading/510 Math (if taken before March 1, 2016) or minimum 1280 SAT Reading and Math with 530/Reading/540 Math (if taken after March 1, 2016)
Renewal GPA: Varies by award and academic level
Minimum enrollment: Full-time undergraduate (12 credits/semester) in a bachelor's degree program

Learn more about Honors Scholarships at The University of Akron.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to students based on their final high school standing as demonstrated on their final transcript at the time of graduation. Valedictorians will receive $1,000 per academic year and Salutatorians will receive $500 per academic year. These scholarships are awarded to newly admitted freshmen starting with the Fall 2016 semester. They are renewable for a maximum of eight consecutive, full-time (12 credit hours) semesters.

Deadline May 1
(awarded upon receipt of final high school transcript)
GPA requirement: Designation as Valedictorian or Salutatorian on final high school transcript.
Renewal GPA: Same as existing Honors Scholarship
Full-time undergraduate (12 credits/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.

Non-Ohio residents

The Akron Advantage Gold or Blue Award is applied to the non-resident surcharge of qualified non-Ohio residents. The Akron Advantage Gold or Blue Award is in addition to other scholarship awards.

Learn about the awards

A scholarship application may be required:

Read the directions for each type of scholarship to find out how to apply.

Private/Named scholarships (including endowed scholarships)

Submit the New Freshman Scholarship Application by May 1.

Private/named scholarships (including endowed scholarships) are funded by external donors and are awarded to students who meet criteria established by the donors. These criteria may include 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. (Continuing students need to submit the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.)

Underrepresented Students Scholarship

Scholarships of up to $3,500 may be awarded to entering freshmen, historically underrepresented, based on the criteria listed 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, 2016) or minimum SAT score of 950 (combined critical reading and math score on SAT taken before March 1, 2016).

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 has successfully completed 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 now: New Underrepresented
Student Scholarship application

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:

Other Scholarship Resources

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.

Ways that tuition dollars can be applied

UA offers thousands of scholarships and awards - more than $32 million each year. With the largest endowment of any public university in northern Ohio, UA is able to give many talented students the chance to study. Awards range from hundreds of dollars to complete, "full-ride" academic scholarships.

UA strives to address the financial needs of as many students as possible. By setting a scholarship maximum ("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 general institutional scholarships and private/named and endowed scholarships are all subject to the established scholarship "cap." A student's combination of all University-awarded scholarships for the year cannot exceed the cap which is determined when they enter the University as a freshman. For freshmen students entering in Fall 2017, the scholarship cap is $11,000 annually. For additional information regarding the scholarship cap, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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