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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Cacioppo, Honorable Mary Scholarship

It is with great admiration and respect that The Honorable Mary Cacioppo Scholarship was established in recognition of the Honorable Mary Cacioppo at her retirement from the Ninth District Court of Appeals in 1993.

Judge Mary Cacioppo, an alumna of The University of Akron School of Law, is a woman of high personal and professional stature. She is a patriotic public servant whose career has spanned more than four decades. Judge Cacioppo is a woman of numerous accomplishments, awards, and recognitions. Many “firsts” are associated with her name and her career. Judge Cacioppo was the first woman appointed law director for the city of Akron (1954), the first woman appointed as Akron’s chief police prosecutor (1964), the first woman appointed referee in the Summit County Domestic Relations Court (1974), the first woman to serve on the Akron Board of Zoning Appeals, the first woman to be honored as an outstanding alumna of the School of Law (1987), and the first woman to receive the prestigious Sir Thomas More Award (1993).

In 1986 when she was appointed to the Ninth District Court of Appeals, Judge Cacioppo realized a lifelong goal. While serving on the Court of Appeals, Judge Cacioppo also sat, by assignment, on many cases for the Ohio Supreme Court. Even in retirement, Judge Cacioppo continues to serve the public interest, sitting by special assignment on cases throughout the state of Ohio. A personal goal is to have heard cases in every single one of Ohio’s 88 counties.

Judge Cacioppo is a role model for all men and women who aspire to public service and the legal profession. She is a person of high moral and ethical character. An avid volunteer, Judge Cacioppo also serves her community vis-à-vis her active involvement on the boards of many civic organizations, including Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, East Akron Community House, Senior Workers Action Program, and Summit County Mental Health and Retardation and Child Guidance Foundation.

The purpose of The Honorable Mary Cacioppo Scholarship is to provide scholarship support to a law student attending The University of Akron School of Law. The Honorable Mary Cacioppo Scholar will be selected by the dean of The University of Akron School of Law, upon the recommendation of the Law School’s scholarship committee.

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