Criminal Justice Scholarships

Oriana House / Judge Ted Schneiderman Endowed Human Service Scholarship
Created in 2005, the Oriana House is a nonprofit agency serving Summit County with a mission of providing quality and humane chemical dependency treatment and community corrections services to clients while contributing to safer communities. 

Distribution | Annually Awarded
Department | Political Science, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Corrections, Community Service Technology

Criteria | Student in Summit College pursuing a four-year degree in one of three fields: political science/criminal justice, sociology/corrections, or community service technology – alcohol services. Recipient must have a GPA of 2.5 or above.

The award will rotate such that a student is selected from each field at least once every three years. The recipient will be chosen by a committee in the Summit College in conjunction with Financial Aid.

Bluecoats Inc. of Summit County Scholarship
Established in 1990 by Bluecoats Inc. in keeping with a traditional mission of support for the fire protection and law enforcement professions.

Distribution | Annually Awarded
Amount Variable
Department Criminal Justice and Fire Protection Technology

Criteria |  Candidate will have the personal qualities and depth of commitment characteristic of the exceptional safety officer. Must have successfully completed their first year of the program with a minimum 2.50 GPA. Recipients within The University of Akron’s Summit College are not to be receiving any form of financial aid other than this award from The University of Akron. 

First consideration is given to children of current full- or part-time (voluntary) members of the fire and police departments within Summit County or the Summit County Sheriff’s Department who meet the established criteria. In the event none of the candidates is a son or daughter of a member of the safety forces, the award will be presented to the person(s) best qualified.

A scholarship committee established by each of the academic programs, in cooperation with the University’s financial aid program, reviews applications and selects recipients. 

The William P. Kannel Scholarship Fund 
Established in 1989 in recognition of Judge Kannel’s 42 years at the County of Summit Juvenile Court and the community service he and Mrs. Kannel provided during the past 50 years.

Distribution | Annually Awarded
Amount Variable
Department Criminal Justice

Criteria |  Candidate must be a criminal justice major, of sophomore standing, with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and currently is working full or part-time in a youth-related criminal justice field.

The endowed scholarship provides tuition assistance from contributions made by corporations, community groups, individuals, and the Kannel family. Selection of the recipient is to be determined by the criminal justice faculty in consultation with the William P. Kannel family or its designee.

Marna Darst McGrath Endowed Scholarship in Social Sciences
Established in 2012 by UA Class of 1948 Alum Marna Darst McGrath. She majored in sociology and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. Despite settling with her husband Bernard McGrath in Dallas, Texas, Marna remained a longtime supporter of the University and is a huge Zips fan. 

Distribution | Annually Awarded
Amount Variable
Department | Any social science 

Criteria |  Full-time student with a minimum 3.0 GPA, majoring in any social science program at The University of Akron.

The recipient is selected by the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Social Science Department, in cooperation with the office of Student Financial Aid.

Dr. Charles C. Rogler Scholarship

Distribution | Annually Awarded
Amount | Variable
Department | Sociology

Criteria |  Undergraduate majoring in sociology. Recipients are nominated by Department of Sociology faculty.

Janet C. Fisher Endowed Scholarship

Distribution | Annually Awarded
Amount | $500 - 1,000
Department | Sociology

Criteria |  Undergraduate majoring in sociology chosen based on the criteria of scholastic achievement and leadership characteristics. Recipients are nominated by Department of Sociology faculty.

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Criminology and Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary program partnership between— Sociology, Political Science, and Criminal Justice Studies.

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