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

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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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Parms, Edwin L. Scholarship Fund

Attorney Edwin L. Parms graduated from The University of Akron in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in Education.  After graduation, he served our country in the United States Army, obtaining the rank of first lieutenant. Following his military service, Ed taught in the Akron Public Schools during the day and studied law at night. In 1964, he became president of Akron’s NAACP chapter, earning the distinction at that time of being the youngest president in the nation of an NAACP adult chapter.

In 1965, he received his Juris Doctorate from The University of Akron School of Law and was admitted to the Ohio Bar Association. He and long-time friend, James R. Williams, were the first African-Americans to graduate from the School of Law once it became affiliated with the University. Attorney Parms began his career in private practice with attorney Joseph B. Roulhac, who would later become the first African-American municipal court judge in Summit County, and mentored a long line of successful attorneys.

A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., he has served as special counsel to The University of Akron, President of the Akron Barristers Association, Founding Member of the Akron Bar Foundation, Member (Secretary) of the Akron Bar Association’s Board of Directors, Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, and involved in numerous other organizations. Always the advocate for others, Attorney Parms did not seek recognition or accolades. His honors include being nominated by the Akron Bar Association’s Minority Involvement Committee for the prestigious American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award, the recipient of The University of Akron Outstanding Law Alumni Award, the recipient of the inaugural Life Achiever Award from Eta Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award in the field of law, and Project GRAD Akron’s Buchtel Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Edwin L. Parms Scholarship Fund will award scholarships to a University of Akron School of Law student with a diverse background.  First consideration will be given to an African American student who is pursuing a degree from the University of Akron School of Law.  Additional diversity factors that will be considered include: (1) urban area residency; (2) evidence of leadership ability; (3) quality of secondary school; (4) involvement in extracurricular activities; (5) achievement despite difficult personal or family situations; (6) completion of special projects or programs that offer evidence of significant effort, accomplishment and a special suitability to law school; and (7) community involvement with a special emphasis on the areas of human or civil rights.  Students must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50. 

Selection of the recipient will be made by The University of Akron School of Law or the Dean in consultation with members of The Akron-Canton Barristers Association. 

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