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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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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Seiberling, John F. Scholarship for Conflict Resolution Studies

The friends and admirers of Congressman John F. Seiberling, a member of Congress from 1971-1986 and a well-known advocate of world law, established The John F. Seiberling Scholarship for Conflict Resolution Studies.

A native of Akron and grandson of the founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Seiberling Rubber Company, John Seiberling had deep roots in his community. After three years of distinguished military service overseas in World War II, he decided to become a lawyer and practiced law for five years in New York City, followed by 17 years with Goodyear in Akron.

In 1970, John Seiberling was elected to Congress in Ohio's 14th Congressional District. He quickly established himself as one of the leaders in the fight to end U.S. involvement in Vietnam. In his second term he was elected Chairman of Members of Congress for Peace through Law, now known as the Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus. An active member of the House Judiciary Committee, he also became one of the environmental leaders in Congress.

In recognition of John F. Seiberling and his many contributions, including his devotion to world peace through law, this scholarship has been created to attract and encourage students to study peaceful ways of resolving conflicts.

Applications for this scholarship shall be made through the normal University process. Final selection of the recipient(s) shall be made by the director of the Center for Conflict Management. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant shall have completed at least the first year of his/her undergraduate education. While priority is given to undergraduate students, graduate students and law students also are eligible. The principal requirement for receiving the scholarship is a substantial commitment to the study of the principals and techniques of conflict management and conflict resolution through the academic programs at The University of Akron. Factors that the committee will consider in judging whether the applicant is the person with the strongest record in this area include: 1. Any prior or current study or experience with conflict resolution (e.g., service as a peer counselor, service in a conflict resolution program, work as a mediator, arbitrator or conciliator, papers written, conferences attended, etc.); 2. Demonstrated commitment to the field of conflict management in one of the following ways: (a) As an undergraduate, one of the core courses and one of the basic background courses offered through the Center for Conflict Management; (b) Being a law student who, having completed the basic conflict management units that are integrated into the first-year curriculum, also has completed at least one advanced course in conflict resolution (e.g., mediation, negotiation, labor arbitration, etc.) or (c) For graduate students submitting an individual dossier documenting study substantially equal or more advanced than those for undergraduate students and law students.

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