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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Buckingham, Lisle M. Memorial Endowment

The GAR Foundation has selected The University of Akron to memorialize the life of Lisle M. Buckingham by establishing The Lisle M. Buckingham Memorial Endowment. This endowment establishes an ongoing fund, the income from which shall be used to attract and maintain undergraduate students of outstanding academic accomplishment and superior personal characteristics, and promise, to the Honors Program at the University of Akron. Selected by appropriate competitive procedures, recipients will receive full tuition scholarships. In addition, board, room and living expenses will be funded on the basis of need. The honor students receiving these awards shall be publicly designated and known as "Buckingham Scholars." Buckingham Scholars shall continue to receive such awards through their undergraduate years, conditioned upon maintenance of high academic and personal standing, as determined by the University of Akron.

Lisle M. Buckingham, born on July 20, 1895, was graduated magna cum laude from Western Reserve University in 1917 with a B.A. degree. In 1919, he received an L.L.B. degree from the same institution and was admitted to the Ohio Bar. Shortly thereafter he came to Akron and commenced his practice of law. He continued his practice as one of the founders and senior partners of the firm of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs until his death in 1992.
In addition to his legal career, Mr. Buckingham was a civic leader and champion of higher education. He was a member of the Board of Governors of Western Reserve University for 25 years and served as a Trustee of over a dozen other organizations including the Akron Community Chest, YMCA, YWCA, the Akron Art Museum, the Akron Community Foundation, Stan Hywet Foundation, Akron General Medical Center, Akron Chamber of Commerce, and others. The recipient of the Fletcher Reed Andrews "Outstanding Law Alumni Award" from Western Reserve University as well as the Ohio Bar Medal, the highest award made by the Ohio Bar Association to a member of the legal profession. Mr. Buckingham was also awarded the Polsky Humanitarian Award, the Western Reserve College Medal for Distinguished Achievement and the Newton D. Baker Award from Western Reserve University. His dedication and commitment led to numerous other honors and awards throughout his lifetime including the Sir Thomas More Award for personal integrity, professional excellence and community service, the NSFRE Outstanding Volunteer Fund Raiser Award, honorary Doctorates from Wooster College, Baldwin Wallace College, Cumberland College, and the University of Akron School of Law.

Among Mr. Buckingham's most significant charities was The University of Akron. He was among the founders of The University of Akron Foundation and served as a trustee for 25 years. He was also on the Advisory Committee for the College of Fine and Applied Arts and a member of the Steering Committee of the University's $52 million Heritage and Vision Campaign. He established three scholarship funds at the University: The Mildred Heter Buckingham Scholarship, for music students; The Ruth Heter Buckingham Scholarship, for undergraduate students; and the Lisle M. Buckingham Scholarship, also a general undergraduate scholarship.

In 1966, Mr. Buckingham drafted the charter of the GAR Foundation and served as Trustee of the philanthropic organization until his death.

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