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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Student Bar Association Public Interest Law Fellowship Endowment Fund

The University of Akron School of Law Student Bar Association, under the leadership of 2001-02 Student Bar Association President Eduardo Coronado, established The Student Bar Association Public Interest Law Fellowship Endowment Fund.

The Public Interest Law program at the School of Law offers law students, under the guidance and supervision of licensed attorneys, the opportunity to represent underserved populations. Participation in public interest law experiences prepares law students for the practice of law where they learn the substantive law and practical skills needed to effectively serve their clients. Venues where law students are often placed for their public interest law fellowship include prosecutors and legal defenders offices, the White House, Senator’s offices, and legal aid offices, to name a few. Through these fellowship experiences, law students also learn the importance of making pro bono contributions to society.

The purpose of The Student Bar Association Public Interest Law Fellowship Endowment Fund is to provide financial assistance to law students who apply for and are selected to participate in The University of Akron School of Law’s Public Interest Law Fellowship program. To qualify for a Student Bar Association Public Interest Law Fellowship grant, an applicant must be a member of The University of Akron School of Law’s Student Bar Association.

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