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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Martell, Honorable Donald H. Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Honorable Donald H. Martell Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at The University of Akron School of Law in November 2004, in memory of Judge Donald H. Martell. He was a devoted lawyer and public servant and was respected for the qualities that made him a good judge: intelligence, integrity, patience, a good sense of humor and good common sense.

Donald H. Martell was born in Ravenna, Ohio, and was a lifelong resident of Portage County. He graduated from The University of Akron in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and in 1970 with his law degree. After graduation, he joined the law firm of Seabury Ford and worked with the Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps from 1970 to 1976. He served several Portage County communities during his career where he worked as law director and assistant law director respectively. In 1997, he was appointed to the bench to fill a vacancy in the Portage County Municipal Court where he remained until his untimely death in 2004.

Judge Martell was married to Linda Martell, a 1969 graduate of The University of Akron's College of Education. They have two sons, Andrew and Matthew. Matthew is a 1998 graduate of Akron's School of Law.

The Honorable Donald H. Martell Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial support to law students at The University of Akron. In Judge Martell's memory, preference will be given to applicants from Portage County.

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