Not all the scholarships listed below are offered yearly. After reviewing scholarship information and additional clarity needed, please contact Janice Cuddy for more information.
Remember: Take a moment and read the description of each scholarship, prior to applying, to ensure application qualifications are met.
The John Ramey Award in Social Work was established by the AAA organization. The recipients will be chosen from AAA members. The recipients must be undergraduate majors in social work and have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA). Students are eligible to receive the award either their junior or senior year. Selection of the recipient will be made by the director of the School of Social Work in concert with the University Scholarship Committee.
Scholarship available to a BA/BASW Student who is also an Alpha, Alpha, Alpha Member Only.
This endowed scholarship fund was established in 1983 by friends of Abbie Hawk, social work, administrator, educator, and friend to colleagues and children alike who knew and were assisted by her during a forty-one year career as a social worker, thirty-one of which were spent with the Summit County Children’s Services Board. Endowment income is made available to a deserving junior or senior who is preparing for a career in the field of child welfare. Selection of the recipient is made by the University Scholarship Committee on the basis of merit, not necessarily need, and without regard to race, creed, color, sex, or national origin.
Scholarship available to BA/BASW Students Only.
This endowed fund was established in 1975 by Manor Care, Inc. in memory of Pamela Adamson of Akron, a Manor Care hostess whose young life was a cheerful dedication to the comfort of others, especially to those of constant need in their senior years.
Provided is scholarship aid for fulltime undergraduate students preparing for careers of service to others, particularly the aged. Awards will be based on need projected by the candidates. Selection will not be limited in any way by race, creed, color, sex or national origin of the candidates. Recipients and amount of scholarship awarded will be determined by the School of Social Work Scholarship Committee.
Scholarship for BA/BASW Students Only.
The Buffe Family Scholarship in Social Work was established in 2005 by William E. Buffe. Mr. Buffe created the scholarship in honor of his late wife Jane C. and daughter Ann both of whom had been dedicated social workers in Akron, Ohio and New York City, respectively.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving full-time graduate or undergraduate student majoring in social work at The University of Akron. The recipient shall be selected by the director of the School of Social Work in coordination with the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Scholarship for MSW or BA/BASW Student Only.
The Regina and Frank Chema Endowed Scholarship for the School of Social Work was established in 2008 by Regina Chema. Mrs. Chema graduated from The University of Akron in 1942 with a B.S. degree in Education. Her husband Frank, whom she met at the Student Center, also attended the University. Mr. Chema joined the Air Force and remained in the service until World War II ended. His record of honors will be placed at the MAPS air museum.
Upon graduation, Mrs. Chema started her career as a school teacher in Peninsula, Ohio. Although she enjoyed teaching and was well respected for her classroom and administrative skills, Mrs. Chema left teaching at Boston Township to work as a lab technician at Goodyear’s synthetic rubber laboratory.
When the war ended, Mrs. Chema applied and was accepted at Children Services Board, which at that time was called the “Children’s Home.” Mrs. Chema worked from 1946 until October 1991 under five executive directors. They were the envy of many agencies during the 1960s and 1970s and attended national and state conferences, classes at Case Western Reserve University, and had many of the best in the field giving seminars at the agency. Their committee wrote a paper which appeared in the journal “Child Welfare.” Mrs. Chema worked in many areas, from intake to adoption, and was the liaison for the adoption resource exchange. Mrs. Chema’s last job was liaison between alumni and families seeking one another. Records of contacts were kept and mutual requests allowed them to put people together. Many reunions were happy‑‑some were not. During her 45-year career with the Children Services Board, Mrs. Chema dedicated herself to advocating a better life for children and families in the foster care and adoption system in Summit County, Ohio.
The purpose of the Regina and Frank Chema Endowed Scholarship for the School of Social Work is to provide an annual scholarship for undergraduate students majoring in social work. The recipients of the Regina and Frank Chema Endowed Scholarship shall be selected annually by the director of the School of Social Work in coordination with the Office of Student Financial Aid. The scholarship is renewable. Preference in awarding the scholarship will be given to first generation college students on the basis of financial need.
Scholarship for BA/BASW Student Only.
This award was established in 1983 on endowed bases by family, friends and colleagues in memory of Bernard J. Clifford, assistant professor of social work and devoted member of the faculty for more than 14 years. Endowment income is made available to students preparing for careers in social work for the purchase of books, materials, travel, and tuition.
Scholarships for BA/BASW Students Only.
Dr. Robert Deitchman Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Dr. Robert Deitchman Memorial Scholarship was created through the generosity of the family and friends of Dr. Deitchman. A former University of Akron Professor in the School of Social Work, he was committed to justice, equality, and community activism. To honor a lifetime of social involvement, The Dr. Robert Deitchman Memorial Scholarship will be made available to African American students pursuing a career in Social Work. The scholarship recipient(s) must be entering their senior year and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all social work classes. Additionally, the scholarships will be equally distributed to a female and male student. If a male student is not selected, the scholarship will be awarded to two female students, and if this arrangement is not possible no scholarships will be awarded until either the first or second criteria are met. Any change in the distribution of funds will be determined by Mrs. Robert Deitchman. The recipients of the The Dr. Robert Deitchman Memorial Scholarship Fund will be determined by Mrs. Deitchman, or her appointed representative, along with the Director of the School of Social Work and the Special Assistant to the President of the Office of Campus Diversity.
The Josephine Ellison Fitch and Foy Nelson Fitch Endowed Scholarship in Social Work was created in 1998 through a gift of their daughter, Dr. Virginia L. Fitch, former Professor and Director of the School of Social Work. The earnings from the endowed fund will be used to provide scholarship assistance to a promising social work major with demonstrated need, based on recommendation of the School of Social Work faculty. The Scholarship is open to an undergraduate or graduate student and is renewable.
Scholarship for MSW or BA/BASW Student Only.
This endowed fund was established in 1983 by John E. Wilkinson of Akron, a loyal friend of the University, in memory of Helen C. Gould of Akron, a friend of whom he held the utmost respect. The fund provides tuition assistance for deserving undergraduate students with financial need who are preparing for careers in social services, particularly in service to the elderly or aged. Recipients and amount of scholarship is determined by the School of Social Work Scholarship Committee without regard to race, color, creed, sex or national origin.
Scholarships for BA/BASW Students Only.
The Dr. Gregory C. Keck Scholarship in Social Work was established in 2005 by Dr. Gregory C. Keck. Dr. Keck is the founder and director of the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio, specializing in working with adoptive families whose children experienced early trauma. He has been an advocate for children, family, and professionals in the foster care and adoption system providing valuable educational tools, training, and support services both nationally and internationally since 1990. Dr. Keck has also published numerous articles and co-authored two books on the topic: Adopting the Hurt Child and Parenting the Hurt Child.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to either a graduate or undergraduate student(s) majoring in social work with preference given to students who have previously been in foster care or who have been adopted. If no student meets the above listed criteria, it is preferred that the student be majoring in social work with an emphasis in adoption and foster care. Students currently working in the foster care or adoption field may also qualify. The recipient(s) shall be selected annually by the director of the School of Social Work with input from Dr. Gregory Keck, in coordination with the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Scholarships for MSW or BA/BASW Students Only.