Named scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.

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. Across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2016 was $37,172; for Ohio students, that figure was $30,239.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider a gift to the MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND MOVING FORWARD scholarship campaign, which is the University's most important initiative. You may also establish a named scholarship at The University of Akron, which 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

How do I apply for a scholarship?

This is not the page to apply for scholarships.

Students who want to apply for scholarships should visit the scholarship page on the Financial Aid site.

The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships. Scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Goff, Christopher V. Scholarship

The Christopher V. Goff Scholarship was established by Christopher V. Goff in June 2017 for the benefit of students at The University of Akron School of Law. Mr. Goff earned a master’s degree in Political Science (1995) and a Juris Doctor (1999) from The University of Akron. He now serves as the chief executive officer and general counsel for Employers Health in Canton, Ohio.

Mr. Goff is a member of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, Ohio State Bar Association and the Stark County Bar Association, where he chairs the health law committee. He is also an adjunct professor and co-director of The University of Akron School of Law’s Health Law Certificate Program. In 2017, Mr. Goff received the John R. Quine Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award.

Mr. Goff serves on several local and national boards, including the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Foundation (Treasurer), Jackson Local Schools Board of Education (President), Health Foundation of Greater Massillon (Chairman), National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions and The University of Akron School of Law Alumni Board.

The Christopher V. Goff Scholarship will be awarded annually to one or more students enrolled at The University of Akron School of Law. The School of Law’s scholarship committee will select the scholarship recipient(s).

Candidates will be evaluated based on the following, in order of importance:  financial need, interest in Health and/or Employment Law and academic merit.  First preference will be given to candidates graduating from a Stark or Muskingum county high school. 

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