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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Kelley, Bruce D. Endowed Scholarship

The Bruce D. Kelley Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of Bruce David Kelley, beloved son of Carolyn Kelley and David Kelley and brother of Lori Kelley. Bruce Kelley was a very special and loving son, brother, and friend. He will always be remembered for the love he had for his family, his caring enthusiasm for his friends, and his dedication to the promotion of justice, the protection of individual liberty, and the rule of law. Bruce was a dedicated sports fan who loved traveling and the outdoors. He was handsome, intelligent, fun to be with, sensitive, kind, thoughtful, well-read, and very giving.

A 1992 magna cum laude graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, Bruce became the third generation in his family to become a lawyer. Bruce’s academic achievements are of note as he worked full time as a locksmith while attending law school at night. Professionally, Bruce was employed as an assistant law director for the city of Akron, Ohio. He was also a member of the Akron Bar Association. Bruce’s respect and passion for the law were an important part of his life. He even named his beloved dog, Justitia.

As a living legacy in remembrance of Bruce’s life, The Bruce D. Kelley Endowed Scholarship has been established to provide an annual academic scholarship based on merit and demonstrated financial need. This scholarship will be awarded to a law student employed full time and attending evening classes at The University of Akron School of Law.

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