Goodyear to fund $1.6 million in scholarships at the University of Akron

Goodyear is funding 15 full scholarships at the University of Akron starting this fall as part of a new job readiness program for underserved students.

The Akron tire maker is committing $1.6 million to The Driving Opportunities Scholars Program.

The money will provide full tuition and fees for 15 undergraduates over the next three years. The first five students will be enrolled this fall, the company and university said in a news release. Five more students will be selected in each of the following two years.

Selected freshmen will represent a “wide range of underrepresented communities in the workplace and will be enrolled in a training and mentoring program for up to five years,” according to the release.