Honors Scholarships

Honors scholarship opportunities

The Honors College awards several different types of scholarships for students in the Honors College.

Honors Select Scholarship

A scholarship renewable up to eight semesters for students in good standing in the Honors College. Currently valued at $2,000 per academic year.   Many scholarships awarded each year.

Honors Merit Scholarship

A scholarship renewable up to eight semesters for students in good standing in the Honors College. Currently valued at $1,500 per academic year.   Many such scholarships awarded.



Honors Recognition Scholarship

Currently worth $1,000 per academic year for Honors College students. Many of these scholarships are awarded each year.

Honors Achievement Scholarship

This scholarship provides $500 per academic year for Honors College students. Automatically renewable. 

Muehlstein Honors Housing Awards

Presented at two different levels. Level I provides $4,000 per year towards housing costs in the UA Residence Halls for the first two years of a UA Honors student's program. Level II provides$2,000 per year for that housing, again for the first two years.

Inclusive Excellence Honors Scholarships 

The Inclusive Excellence Honors Scholarships represent a new scholarship program from The University of Akron. Up to ten IE Honors Scholarships will be awarded for students beginning their first year of study in fall, 2011. Inclusive Excellence Honors Scholarships will cover tuition and fees (after federal and state grants apply), and $5,000 toward on-campus room and board expenses for up to eight consecutive full time semesters at UA.  The scholarships will be awarded to new Honors College freshmen with exceptional academic merit who meet UA’s institutional enrollment strategy.   That strategy includes sensitivity to underrepresented groups, such as first generation college students; students with African-American, Hispanic, or Native American heritage; veterans; and non-traditional students.  Preference will be given for those students demonstrating financial need.

Lisle M. Buckingham/Orr Family Honors Scholarships

The most prestigious honors scholarship. The award consists of tuition and fees, room and board, for up to eight semesters of an Honors student's academic program. Approximately six new awards each year.   Awarded after a second interview primarily to well-rounded applicants with unusually high test scores.


Scholarship to reduce out-of-state tuition

The University of Akron offers to qualified non-Ohio residents scholarship awards that are applied to the out-of-state tuition charges. Akron Advantage scholarships are in addition to any other scholarships you receive.

Triangle 'Akron Advantage' out-of-state scholarship program.

Lisle M. Buckingham/Orr Scholarship Descriptions

Each year the Honors Council selects about six of the most outstanding applicants to the Honors College to be named Buckingham or Orr Scholars. The Honors College's Lisle M. Buckingham Memorial Endowment is used to guarantee that Buckingham Scholars will receive, each year, full coverage for their tuition and instructional fees and their UA room and meal charges, provided they maintain at least a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average. The Buckingham Scholarship makes up the difference between other scholarship awards and the Buckingham Scholar's UA expenses; it is not a fixed amount. This award is available to all who would enter UA immediately following high school graduation, whether or not they are residents of the State of Ohio.

Buckingham Scholars are students of superior academic and personal promise who are beginning their college educations as members of the University Honors College. The additional assistance provided through the Buckingham Endowment is meant to free students to fully engage in scholarship and intellectual pursuits. In accepting the designation Buckingham Scholar a student agrees to participate in certain university service and co-curricular activities associated with the Buckingham Scholar Program.

The award is renewed annually provided that the Scholar dedicates full time effort to college work and does not accept additional employment without the prior approval of the Honors Council; meets regularly each semester in a seminar with other Buckingham Scholars and Honors College faculty; attains, by the end of each academic year or subsequent summer sessions, a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.50.

Every applicant who applies to enter The University of Akron's Honors College following graduation from high school is considered for the Buckingham/Orr scholarships. Based on their honors application essays and interviews, their records of academic achievement and recognition, their civic activities and character, the most outstanding Honors College applicants are invited to campus for a final round of selection. Buckingham/Orr Scholars for the following year are named each spring.

Other Scholarships

Many other UA scholarships other than those awarded by the Honors College are available to qualified students.Visit the Financial Aid web page for the most up-to-date information. National Merit Scholarship Finalists should be aware that the National Merit group does not notify universities when a student attains finalist status, so that finalists should notify the Financial Aid office when they receive notice of that award.  Some scholarships have specific stipulations while others are more general. For example, a number of talent/ability-based scholarships are available through the schools of art, dance, music and theatre arts. Similarly, the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering each year award several scholarships to undergraduates who have achieved highly in their disciplines.

To be sure that you are taking advantage of all opportunities, be sure to check with your department and college offices. Other financial aid (grants, loans, work) may also be available to you. We encourage you to make prudent use of these resources so that you may focus your attention and energy on your education.

For further information regarding the other scholarships, please visit the Financial Aid web site.

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