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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Seide, PhD, Rochelle K. Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition Team Endowment Fund

Rochelle Karen Seide has established the endowed Rochelle K. Seide, PhD, Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition Team Endowment Fund in recognition that the legal world of the 21st century must produce new lawyers who are more than theoretically acquainted with the law. The Rochelle K. Seide, PhD, Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition Team Endowment Fund will ensure intellectual property law students the opportunity to gain practical and relevant experiences in preparation for their future careers.

A 1984 graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, Rochelle Seide attended night school while teaching at The Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio. The combination of a full-time career in the health-care industry, coupled with meeting a rigorous academic program, prepared her for a lifetime career in the legal profession and launched her into what would become one of the most important economic and cultural growth fields of the 21st century — intellectual property.

Rochelle Seide is a partner in the New York City office of BakerBotts, L.L.P. Her practice encompasses all phases of intellectual property law dealing with biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and chemistry. Dr. Seide has more than 15 years of practice in the intellectual property field. Among other activities, she is active in the American Intellectual Property Association and served for six years, under the auspices of the Department of Commerce, on the committee that evaluates the nominations for the National Model of Technology.

The purpose of The Rochelle K. Seide, PhD, Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition Team Endowment Fund is to provide support for moot court patent competition teams at The University of Akron School of Law.

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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