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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Gilbert, Attorney Edward L. Endowed Scholarship Fund

Edward L. Gilbert, a graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, class of 1976, established the Gilbert Book Scholarship that was endowed in 1984 to provide book scholarship assistance to black law students. In September 2003, Attorney Gilbert changed the name of the endowment fund to The Attorney Edward L. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship Fund. He also expanded the purpose of the endowment fund in order to help law students, advance diversity, and enhance the prestige of his alma mater.

The purpose of The Attorney Edward L. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship Fund is to provide academic and/or book scholarship assistance, based on merit and need, to one or more members of The University of Akron School of Law’s Black Law Students Association on an annual basis. The selection of The Attorney Edward L. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship recipients will be made by the dean of The University of Akron School of Law, based on the recommendation of the School of Law Scholarship Committee.

Attorney Edward L. Gilbert is a senior partner in the Akron, Ohio, law firm of Slater, Zurz & Gilbert. Attorney Gilbert is a litigator who specializes in civil rights law. He and his wife, Delphenia Gilbert, have one son.

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