The Ray C. and Ellen P. Bliss Scholarship

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.  Because the criteria are flexible, students from a wide variety of backgrounds compete successfully for the Bliss Scholarship.

Please contact us at the start of the spring semester for a copy of the Scholarship Application and Cover Letter. 

For more information contact Kim Haverkamp at


The Richard L. and Elisabeth A. Hurley Scholarship for Excellence

Established in 2000, The Richard L. and Elisabeth A. Hurley Scholarship for Excellence provides tuition assistance for students involved in The Bliss Institute programs at the University of Akron.  Mr. and Mrs. Hurley believe that an understanding of the functioning of our government and its constitution are fundamental to our rights and responsibilities as citizens.

Richard Hurley received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Akron in 1947.  Mr. Hurley was President of W.L. Tucker Supply company, Mr. and Mrs. Hurley are active in both social and civic organizations.

This scholarship is awarded to one outstanding female undergraduate student associated with the Bliss Institute.  Selection for the Hurley Scholarship is made by the faculty.  Potential winners are selected from the Ray C. and Ellen P. Bliss Scholarship application pool.

For more information contact Kim Haverkamp at