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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Seidel ’95, Mary Z. Scholarship Fund

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” -- T.S. Elliot

"We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success." -- Henry David Thoreau

Mary (Zetwick) Seidel, a 1995 graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, established The Mary Z. Seidel ’95 Scholarship Fund in 2006. Mrs. Seidel is a prominent lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and vice president and director of federal affairs for the Reinsurance Association of America. Mrs. Seidel and her husband, Joe, reside in Chevy Chase, Md.

From the time she was an undergraduate student, Mrs. Seidel had a keen interest in politics, policy, and government. She credits her success to her hard work and a willingness to take risks in pursuit of her professional career. Her fortitude and desire have shaped her life and defined the professional she is today. Mrs. Seidel is originally from Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

The purpose of The Mary Z. Seidel ’95 Scholarship Fund is to provide financial support for day students of The University of Akron School of Law, with preference to applicants who demonstrate a strong enthusiasm for their law school career and take pride in their academic experience at Akron, are resolute in pursuit of their future profession, and have a passion toward reaching their goals. The candidates should be in good academic standing. Students who are interested in government and politics are encouraged to apply as well. The School of Law Scholarship Committee will select The Mary Z. Seidel '95 Scholarship Fund recipient after reviewing the top candidates with Mrs. Seidel.

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