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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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Bell '52, Honorable Sam H. Fund for Advancement of Legal Advocacy

When the experience of men and women reflects the higher values of our existence, the law and the practitioner will be elevated to higher levels of both justice and integrity. The law lives; it changes; it breathes both hope and despair; it is in constant transition; and this is so because of the minds and experiences of every person engaged in making, interpreting, or enforcing the law, including every attorney and every would-be attorney … and as well as the desires and dreams of the people of this nation. This, I think, is why we love it so; for while the law is so deeply rooted in yesterday’s wisdom, it has always accommodated tomorrow’s vision. — Judge Sam H. Bell

Judge Sam Bell's life was devoted to the idea of justice through law. Although foremost always in his thoughts were his wife and family, Judge Bell unceasingly pursued the bringing of the blessings of equal justice and fair treatment to all of those whose lives were touched by his. With the exception of the United States Supreme Court, Judge Bell sat on every level of the state and federal courts by election, appointment, or assignment.  He maintained a strong appreciation and affection for those with whom he shared the bench, in particular, the gracious and talented members of the federal family. He believed they and the many members of the Bar taught him much about the law, and perhaps more importantly, about life itself.

With these beliefs in mind, the family of Judge Bell establishes The Honorable Sam H. Bell '52 Fund for Advancement of Legal Advocacy for the promulgation of meaningful legal advocacy.

Inherent in this fund's purpose is the never-ending goal of encouraging the achievement of the ideal of justice through the continuing efforts of the members of our legal profession to hone their advocacy skills, not only in the trial setting, but in related areas of the practice of law as well.

By utilizing the splendid resources provided by Law School faculty and the invaluable input of experienced judges, practicing lawyers, and visiting lecturers, The Honorable Sam H. Bell '52 Fund for Advancement of Legal Advocacy is intended to perpetuate Judge Bell’s values through, among other vehicles, continuing legal education seminars. The seminars include assorted trial practicum experiences in working courtrooms and critiques of advocacy skills by experienced judges and practitioners that will serve to totally immerse the participants in advocacy situations.

Judge Bell knew that the better our lawyers, the better likelihood that our democracy will thrive. In order that we may strengthen the future, we must recognize and honor the traditions and strengths of the past as we look forward to the new and yet unknown — all pieces of the vast, splendid mosaic of our law.

I have also come to love the smell of the leather bindings on the books, the sight of the sunlight on the courtroom walls, the sounds of voices ceaselessly urging some point of view, and the recollection of the many faces the lawyer and the judge see and remember. These are the faces of one’s friends, allies, and sometime adversaries at the bar; the faces of countless criminal defendants, and the eyes of their wives and children; the etched anguish of the victims; the faces of litigants who sought recompense for injuries suffered and of those whose business interest required relief to prevent further wrongs; the faces of the poor, the rich, the helpless, the ignoble, the good and the bad – all somehow comprising a part of the rich tapestry of the practice of the law and the work of the judiciary.
— Judge Sam H. Bell




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