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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Samad, Stanley A. Memorial Scholarship Fund

During his lifetime, Dean Stanley A. Samad touched and influenced the lives of many people – students, faculty, members of the legal community, and others. He was the longest serving dean in the history of the School of Law, from 1959 to 1979. To recognize the foundation Stan laid for today’s School of Law – merging the Akron Law School with The University of Akron and transforming it from a part-time evening law school to a full-time day and evening program; achieving ABA accreditation for the School of Law; achieving membership in the Association of American Law Schools; and construction and dedicating the McDowell Law Center – a group of his former students formed a committee to establish The Stanley A. Samad Memorial Scholarship and Portrait Fund in his memory.

The Samad scholarship was designed to carry on Dean Samad’s legacy of ensuring opportunities for individuals to pursue law degrees leading to successful careers and his portrait, which hangs alongside other deans of the Law School, commemorates his tenure as dean.

The purpose of The Stanley A. Samad Memorial Scholarship Fund is to help The University of Akron School of Law recruit bright and promising law students by providing an annual scholarship to a first-year day or evening law student. The dean of The University of Akron School of Law will select The Stanley A. Samad Memorial Scholarship recipient, upon the recommendation of the Law School’s scholarship committee.

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