Upper-Division Scholarships

Scholarships with SPECIFIC preferences and/or requirements

Edward I. Abramson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established by Edward (’33) and Beatrice Abramson. Scholarships will be awarded to students who are preferably of the Jewish faith. Merit and need will be considered.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Scholarship Fund – This scholarship effort was launched to honor Isaac C. Hunt, Jr. upon his retirement as Dean of The University of Akron School of Law. The income from this fund will be used annually for tuition assistance with a stated preference for a BLSA member. BLSA's primary purpose is to provide academic, professional, and cultural support to minority law students. However, its membership and activities are open to the general student body.

Board of Trustees Scholarship OR School of Law College Funded Scholarship – These funds are for students who entered law school with a scholarship and are applying for RENEWAL if they meet the renewal requirements.

The Honorable Leroy J. Contie, Jr. Scholarship – The purpose of this scholarship is to provide assistance to a law student who most exemplifies the characteristics and qualities of Judge Leroy J. Contie, Jr. Consideration for this scholarship will be afforded to second, third, and fourth year law students who submit an essay on the topic of public service and the role of the judiciary in deciding cases. The essay should be formatted as follows: two pages, double-spaced, one-inch margins, using a 12- point Times New Roman font. Footnotes are optional. Questions regarding the essay may be directed to Attorney Mark J. Skakun, III at mskakun@bdblaw.com.

The Corporate Law Scholarship – This will be awarded to a student with an interest in corporate finance or securities law. Merit and need will be considered equally. Applicants should be in the upper half of their class. Full- and part-time students are welcome to apply.

The Family Law Scholarship – The Family Law Scholarship at The University of Akron is made possible by an annual grant from the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Randal A. Lowry, a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and also 1976 graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, initiated the development of this scholarship in order to enable future student to achieve their goals. This scholarship is to be designated to a student recipient with an interest in a career in the practice of family law.

The Judge James G. France Memorial Scholarship – The Judge James G. France Scholarship was established in 1979 by Mrs. France in memory of her husband, James, who gave the School of Law 22 years of service. The scholarship fund was also supported as a class gift project by the Class of 1980. This scholarship honors Professor Emeritus of Law James G. France and is awarded to a full-time law student of demonstrated scholarship and need.

Attorney Edward L. Gilbert (’76) Scholarship – The purpose of this scholarship is to provide academic and/or book scholarship assistance, based on merit and need, to one or more members of the Black Law Students Association. The selection will be made by the dean based on the recommendation of the scholarship committee.

The Oscar A. Hunsicker Scholarship – The Oscar A. Hunsicker Scholarship Fund was originally established in 1981 by a class gift from the Class of 1981. Additional gifts from the Hunsicker family and members of the community were added to fully endow the fund. This scholarship honoring Judge Oscar A. Hunsicker is awarded to law students on the basis of financial need, leadership capability, academic achievement, and professionalism. Selection of the recipients is determined by a committee composed of the Student Bar Association president or vice president, the Akron Law Review editor-in-chief, and the leader of one other law student organization to be selected by the dean’s office. The dean’s office shall recommend at lease three students to the committee for the award to be given.

The Donald M. Jenkins Book Scholarship Fund – In honor of retired School of Law Dean Donald M. Jenkins, a member of the Class of 1984 established this scholarship. It will provide a scholarship to a military veteran or to a student currently enlisted in the Reserves or National Guard.

The Bruce D. Kelley Endowed Scholarship Fund – This scholarship was established in memory of Bruce David Kelley ('92) by Carolyn Kelley, David Kelley, and Lori Kelley. As a living legacy in remembrance of Bruce's life, this scholarship will be awarded to a law student employed full-time and attending evening classes. The award(s) will be made on the basis of merit and need.

The Macro-Davis Joint Degree Endowed Scholarship Fund – 2001 by University of Akron alumni, Judith Macro and Richmond Davis. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist deserving students who are receiving a joint degree from the College of Business Administration (CBA) and the School of Law. Candidates must be of sound character and will be required to demonstrate financial need, community involvement and servanthood. The Director of Graduate Programs in the CBA will have the first opportunity to determine the recipients, in consultation with Judith Macro and Richmond Davis. The second opportunity will be designated to the Assistant Dean of the School of Law. The selection of recipients will be handled by the CBA Graduate Programs office in the first year, then rotated to the Office of the Assistant Dean of the School of Law. Available to the Law School each Fall: 2006/07; 2008/09; 2010/11; 2012/13; 2014/15; 2016/17; 2018/19. More information.

The Craig M. McCarthy, Esquire Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is established in memory of Craig M. McCarthy (’98), Esquire. He will always be remembered for dedication to serving the legal needs of the poor and less fortunate. Graduating summa cum laude and second in his class at The University of Akron School of Law, Craig went on to work for the Akron City Prosecutor’s Office and the Ninth District Court of Appeals in the State of Ohio. The purpose of this fund is to provide an annual academic scholarship in the area of public interest law. Preference in awarding the scholarship will be based on merit, financial need, and a short personal statement that conveys why the student is interested in pursuing a career in public interest law.

Judge and Mrs. W.E. Pardee Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 1965, in memory of Judge and Mrs. W. E. Pardee. Judge Pardee served on the original Ninth District Court of Appeals of Ohio and is the honoree for whom the School of Law's largest moot court room is named. This scholarship is awarded to full-time, day students based on academic merit.

The William C. Pepple (’82) Scholarship – The purpose of this merit scholarship is to attract and retain top flight students. Individuals whose entering law school or upper division scholarship application embodies a demonstrated passion for public sector work will be considered most favorably.

The Darleen Phipps Memorial Scholarship – This fund was established by Robert M. Phipps (’59) in memory of his late wife Darleen. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a scholarship to a third or fourth year evening law student pursuing a career in intellectual property law. Preference will be given to students with a 3.0 accumulative grade point average.

Harley John Queen Scholarship – "Harley John Queen never attended college, yet the Akron window washer valued higher education. Queen wanted others to benefit from the college education he never had. Queen particularly wanted to help young people who, like himself, had lost both their parents." (Source: UA news release, 1/30/86.) Scholarship awards are given to those students who have secured student loans to pay for law school.

Professor Emeritus Albert S. Rakas Memorial Scholarship – This fund was established by Margaret Rakas in memory of her husband, Associate Dean and Professor Albert S. Rakas. Because of his outstanding contributions to the School, the title of Professor of Law Emeritus was bestowed on Dean Rakas at the time of his retirement. Scholarships are for EVENING law students and will be based on need based on the EFC number, which is determined by the Financial Aid Office.

Anthony A. and Josephine T. Roberto Scholarship – Established in 2003 by Carmen V. Roberto (’73) in honor of his parents, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide a merit-based scholarship to an out-of-state day or evening student.

Thomas E. Stocker Memorial Scholarship – Established in 1991 in memory of Thomas E. Stocker ('79) by his parents Homer E. and Doris V. Stocker and fellow class of '79 alumni and friends, this scholarship is awarded to a student from Stark County, Ohio, with special consideration given to a graduate from Glen Oak High School. Based on academic merit.

Judge Harold and Jeanette White Scholarship – This scholarship is funded by income received from the presentation of seminars in the field of Bankruptcy Law prepared or presented by Judge Harold White ('52) and subsequent contributions by Judge and Mrs. White. Qualifications for this scholarship include: second, third, or fourth year students whose overall grade point average places them in the upper one-third of their class; an interest in Commercial Law is preferred; and it is based on academic merit.

Honorable James R. (’65) and Catherine D. Williams Scholarship – The purpose of this scholarship is to reward academic achievement and a history of leadership at the School of Law or in the community by upper division law students who are members of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). Day and evening students are eligible to apply. Law students with financial need as determined by the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number will receive favorable consideration.

The Lynda Harvey Williams ’89 Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2006 by Lynda Harvey Williams, School of Law Class of 1989 to assist evening students. The award is restricted to law evening students who are members of BLSA and work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Scholarships without SPECIFIC preferences and/or requirements

All scholarship applicants are considered for the following scholarships.

Judge Randolph Baxter Scholarship – This scholarship was established in honor of Judge Randoph Baxter (’74) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio. The award will be made to law students who have demonstrated substantial academic achievement.

Attorney Evan B. Brewster Book and Scholarship – The income from an endowment fund established in 1978 by Attorney Evan B. Brewster is awarded to law students as determined by the Dean of the School of Law. This award will be made on the basis of academic merit.

Honorable Mary Cacioppo Scholarship – This scholarship was established in honor of Judge Mary Cacioppo (’45), a retired judge from the 9th District Court of Appeals. This award will be made on the basis of academic merit.

Charles D. and Celia S. Evans Scholarship – This fund was established through a bequest from the estate of Celia S. Evans. Charles D. Evans was a prominent Akron attorney who devoted part of his career to representing the Akron Public School Board. Celia S. Evans was a lifelong educator. This scholarship shall be awarded to students who have demonstrated high satisfactory scholarship and have an established need for financial assistance. Scholarship awards may cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board, all or in part.

Harley and Carol Kastner Scholarship – This scholarship was established by Harley ('73) and Carol Kastner. The scholarship will be given in honor of Francis and Dorothy Kastner. The award(s) will be made on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

W. Paul and Thora J. Mills Memorial Scholarship – The W. Paul (’30) and Thora J. Mills Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 through the generosity of The W. Paul and Thora J. Mills Foundation. This scholarship will be awarded to a day or evening law student based on academic merit and financial need.

Morrison Family Foundation Scholarship – This scholarship was founded by Jack Morrison, Jr. (’81) and Victoria Lynn Morrison. This foundation is devoted to supporting the charitable needs within the community including health, education, and the basic human needs for those less fortunate. Scholarships are based on academic merit and/or financial need.

Dr. Marvin S. Platt (’77) Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 1992 by Marvin Platt (’77), M.D., J.D. who graduated from The University of Akron School of Law and also served as an adjunct professor. Student recipients must be enrolled at The University of Akron School of Law, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and should be a resident of Ohio for at least six months.

Judge and Mrs. Charles Sacks Scholarship – This fund was established in honor of Judge and Mrs. Charles Sacks by their children, Robert and Naomi Christman, Sy and Laurel Fischer, and Harvey and Shirley Friedman. Scholarships are based on academic merit.

Philip D. Shepherd (’76) Memorial Scholarship – Established in 2004 by Philip D. Shepherd’s wife and sons, this scholarship shall be awarded to students enrolled at The University of Akron School of Law. It may be used for tuition, books, or other expenses and will be directed to assist hardworking students who are pursuing their dream of practicing law.

Oscar Smith Scholarship – Established in 1963, this fund is awarded to students based on academic merit and/or need.

Fully R. Spain, Jr. Scholarship – Established in 1980 by family and friends in memory of Fully R. Spain, Jr., a 1973 School of Law graduate. This scholarship is based on academic merit and/or need.

Joseph Thomas Memorial Scholarship – This fund was established in 1976 by the Firestone Foundation in memory of Joseph Thomas, Esquire. It is used to assist financially deserving students of high academic potential and achievement.

Anna M. Pfeifle Victor and Henry P. Victor Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established by retired Ninth District Court of Appeals Judge William H. Victor in memory of his parents. The scholarship is based on academic merit and/or need.

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