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Scholarship opportunities in the Honors College

The Williams Honors College awards renewable Honors scholarships based on an applicant's academic qualifications. The awards typically range from $1,500 to $2,000 per year.


Every applicant to the Honors College is considered for an honors scholarship award. No additional application need be completed other than the application to join the Honors College.

TIP: Students should review additional scholarship information available through the Office of Student Financial Aid to be considered for non-honors scholarships as well.


  • Feb. 1 — Deadline for prestigious scholarship consideration
  • Apr 1 — Deadline for scholarship consideration

Award and renewal

An Honors scholarship is in addition to other academic scholarships awarded at The University of Akron.

To receive an Honors scholarship in any given semester, a student must be enrolled in a bachelor's degree program for a minimum of 12 credits. Honors scholarships are renewed annually, without reapplication, if the student maintains a sufficient cumulative grade-point average:

  • after completing one year of college: 3.25 or higher
  • after completing two years of college: 3.30 or higher
  • after completing three years of college: 3.40 or higher

A student must earn a 3.4 or higher GPA upon graduation in order to be a Williams Honors Scholar and have the notation added to their transcript.

Transfer and continuing students

Transfer students, non-traditional applicants, and continuing undergraduates at UA who apply to the Honors College are considered for scholarships case by case.


Honors Housing Award from the Herman M. Muehlstein Fund for Scholastic Aid

Provides $2,000 per year for housing, available for a student's first two years.

Lisle M. Buckingham/Owen O. and Della M. Orr Honors Scholarship

The most prestigious honors scholarship, the Lisle M. Buckingham/Owen O. and Della M. Orr Honors Scholarship, consists of tuition, fees, and room and board, for up to eight semesters of an Honors student's academic program.

Each year, about six new awards are made to well-rounded applicants with high test scores.

  • Williams Honors College Travel Scholarships
    The Drs. Gary and Pamela Williams Study Abroad Grant and the Jacobson Study Abroad for Women in Engineering Scholarship provide support for students who want to expand their horizons internationally.  Current WHC Student can get more information and request funding here.

  • MORE: See more university scholarship opportunities for undergraduates

Contact us & more

For admissions questions

Sarah Psihountakis
Director of Recruitment & Student Services

Contact the Honors College

Phone: 330-972-7966
Address: 180 S. College St.
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325–1803
(see on campus map)