Named Scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be the funds to do so.

For this reason, The University of Akron is pleased for the opportunity each year to assist talented, deserving students achieve their dreams, thanks to more than 1,300 Named Scholarships established through the kindness and generosity of thousands of UA alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations.

Scholarships truly are the best way to ensure that today’s students persist to graduation. Scholarships allow students to enroll full time and remain focused on their studies; they also reduce drop-out rates, decrease the stress of student loans, and shorten the road to graduation.

The need for scholarships grows each year, however, as students continue to face an increased financial burden in pursuit of a college degree. In fact, 94 percent of today’s baccalaureate students borrow to pay for college – versus just 45 percent in 1993. And across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2013 was $35,200.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider establishing a scholarship at The University of Akron. Scholarships can be created to honor a living person, in memory of a loved one, or to contribute to the growth of an area of study. To learn more, please contact the Department of Development at 330-972-7238. 

Please note: All scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid. Students interested in applying for a scholarship may visit the Financial Aid webpage, call 330-972-7032, or e-mail The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships.

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Gilbert, Attorney Edward L. Endowed Scholarship Fund

Edward L. Gilbert, a graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, class of 1976, established the Gilbert Book Scholarship that was endowed in 1984 to provide book scholarship assistance to black law students. In September 2003, Attorney Gilbert changed the name of the endowment fund to The Attorney Edward L. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship Fund. He also expanded the purpose of the endowment fund in order to help law students, advance diversity, and enhance the prestige of his alma mater.

The purpose of The Attorney Edward L. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship Fund is to provide academic and/or book scholarship assistance, based on merit and need, to one or more members of The University of Akron School of Law’s Black Law Students Association on an annual basis. The selection of The Attorney Edward L. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship recipients will be made by the dean of The University of Akron School of Law, based on the recommendation of the School of Law Scholarship Committee.

Attorney Edward L. Gilbert is a senior partner in the Akron, Ohio, law firm of Slater, Zurz & Gilbert. Attorney Gilbert is a litigator who specializes in civil rights law. He and his wife, Delphenia Gilbert, have one son.

Note for students interested in applying for a scholarship: The Department of Development at The University of Akron does not accept applications for, or distribute, scholarships.

For information on how to apply for a scholarship, please visit UA's Office of Student Financial Aid page.

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