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.
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Roberto, Anthony A. and Josephine T. Scholarship
Carmen V. Roberto, The University of Akron School of Law Class of 1973, established The Anthony A. and Josephine T. Roberto Scholarship in honor of and respect for his parents.
Carmen’s parents, Anthony and Josephine Roberto, firmly believe that hard work and education provide the foundation for success. Together, they encouraged their three sons to get a good education, as “the way to get ahead in life.” Leading by example, Anthony was the first person in the Roberto family to earn a college degree. Carmen, following in his father’s and brother's footsteps, was the third college graduate in the Roberto Family and the second to receive a Juris Doctor from The University of Akron School of Law. In this regard, Carmen emulated his brother, William A. Roberto, a 1970 graduate of the School of Law.
Anthony and Josephine also instilled in their children the philosophy: “If you ever get anywhere, don't forget where you started from or those who helped you on the way.” Carmen's gifts of time, talent, and treasure to his law school and his community are real-life examples of this philosophy in action.
Carmen V. Roberto is a partner in the Akron law firm of Vasko, Roberto & Evans, L.P.A., and a 2002 recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award, presented by the Alumni Association of The University of Akron School of Law. After law school and military service, Carmen worked for the law firm of Miller & Morris and then as a sole practitioner. From 1976 until 1982, he served the City of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, as an assistant prosecutor, assistant law director, and law director. He has lectured nationally on municipal law topics, written articles for national journals, and written a trial handbook for municipal prosecutors. His community involvement includes serving as a past president of the Akron Bar Association, counsel for the All American Soap Box Derby Booster Club, chair of the Attorneys United Way Campaign, and committee member of the Lake Township Zoning Board and the city of Green Planning Commission.
The purpose of The Anthony A. and Josephine T. Roberto Scholarship is to provide a merit-based academic scholarship to an out-of-state day or evening student at The University of Akron School of Law. The dean of The University of Akron School of Law, upon the recommendation of the School of Law Scholarship Committee, will select The Anthony A. and Josephine T. Roberto Scholarship recipient.
The Anthony A. and Josephine T. Roberto Scholarship was established in December 1998 and became endowed in 2002.