Department: Bliss Institute
Distribution: Awarded Annually, Distributed Biannually
This endowed fund was established in 1982 under the will of the late Ray C. Bliss, Class of 1935. Ray Bliss was a former member and chairman of The University of Akron Board of Trustees and served as a national chairman of the Republican Party. Earnings from the endowment are used to provide tuition scholarships for worthy students majoring in political science. Recipients are selected by the director of the Bliss Institute from the student body of the University with preference given to students from Summit and Stark Counties and Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.
Students must be undergraduate political science majors or undergraduates enrolled in the Bliss Institute Certificate of Applied Politics. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their grade point average (overall and political science), participation in political activities, and commitment to the political process.