UPPER DIVISION SCHOLARSHIPS

About Upper Division Scholarships

Upper division scholarships are established through the generosity of Akron Law alumni and friends. The upper-division scholarships may be awarded based on merit, need, or other special factors specified by the respective donors. A complete list of scholarships and corresponding descriptions is below.

Application deadline: Friday, May. 5, 2017

  • Only upper division law students are eligible to apply.
  • Students who started law school in spring 2017 may apply, as awards will not be distributed until spring 2018.
  • Scholarships will be awarded during the fall semester and applied to spring semester tuition. December graduates should not apply.
  • Scholarship assistance may not exceed the cost of tuition and fees.

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List of upper-division scholarships

Akron Law Alumni Association Scholarship

Requirements: Need based, merit based

The Akron Law Alumni Association Scholarship was established to provide law school scholarships based primarily on financial need and secondarily on scholarship, legal aptitude and character.


The Nickolas P. and Marilyn M. Andreeff Scholarship Fund

Requirement: Evening student

With love and appreciation for her parents, Nickolas P. and Marilyn M. Andreeff, Margaret E. Andreeff Matejkovic has established The Nickolas P. and Marilyn M. Andreeff Scholarship Fund to help students at The University of Akron School of Law. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide assistance for an evening student attending classes at The University of Akron School of Law.


The Norman Auburn Scholarship in Legal Studies

The endowed Norman P. Auburn Scholarship in Legal Studies was created by University of Akron President Emeritus Dr. Norman P. Auburn who, with C. Blake McDowell Sr., was responsible for bringing the School of Law to The University of Akron in 1959. The annual award or awards are to be made upon the recommendation of the dean of the School of Law.


The Ward Baldwin Memorial Fund

Requirement: Visual or hearing impairment

This scholarship is designated to support students of The University of Akron School of Law who have visual or hearing impairments.


The Judge Randolph Baxter Scholarship

Requirement: merit based

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.


Kathryn A. Belfance Scholarship Fund

Requirement: female member of Akron Law Review editorial staff

The Kathryn A. Belfance Scholarship Fund was established by her family in honor of her 70th birthday. Kathryn (Kay) attended the School of Law as an evening student. During her studies, Kay worked full time as a legal secretary and was a single mother raising three children. This scholarship is designated for women who are members of the editorial staff of the Akron Law review. While balancing work, family, and her studies, Kay achieved academic excellence and was an associate editor on The University of Akron Law Review. Specifically, the award is for women who exhibit financial need, with preference to those who are mothers, balancing the demands of home life and academic success.


The Black Law Student Association Scholarship Fund

Requirement: BLSA member

This scholarship was established to provide tuition assistance with an expressed 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.


The Sharon Black ’02 Law Student Family Scholarship Fund

Requirements: Day student, raising a family, demonstrated need

The Sharon L. Black Law Student Family Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 by Sharon L. Black and her husband, Dr. Bradford Black.This scholarship is designated for day students in good academic standing who are raising a family while attending law school and demonstrate financial need.


George M. and Connie R. Boyd Scholarship Fund

The George M. and Connie R. Boyd Scholarship Fund was established by George M. Boyd (’77).  Mr. Boyd was employed by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron while attending law school in the evening. After graduation, he accepted a position with Squire, Sanders &Dempsey L.L.P., focusing on work in securities and mutual funds. In 1991, he and his wife, Connie, moved to Massachusetts. At the time the scholarship was established, Mr. Boyd was senior counsel, U.S. Wealth Management for John Hancock Financial Services Inc. in Boston. This scholarship is designated to scholarships for law students enrolled in the day or evening division of The University of Akron School of Law.


The Attorney Evan B. Brewster Book and Scholarship Fund

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.


The Attorney Evan B. Brewster School of Law Scholarship Fund

The funds from this scholarship are to be awarded to law students as determined by the dean of the School of Law.


The Briner, Catanzarite and Rakas School of Law Taxation Scholarship

Requirement:  UA finance or accounting graduate

Awarded to 1L full time students

Awarded annually on the basis of merit to the outstanding graduate from the finance or accounting departments of The University of Akron College of Business Administration who applies and is admitted to the School of Law. The award is based on recommendations submitted by the dean of the College of Business Administration. The scholarship is awarded to a first-year full-time student of the School of Law and is not renewable.


The 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, to provide scholarship support for a law student.


The Charles D. Evans and Celia S. Evans Scholarship Fund

Requirements: Merit based, need based

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.


The Judge James G. France Memorial Scholarship 

Requirements: full time law student, demonstrated financial need

The Judge James G. France Scholarship was established by Mrs. France in memory of her husband. 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.


The Attorney Edward L. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship Fund 

Requirement: BLSA Member

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide academic and/or book scholarship assistance, based on merit and need, to one or more members of The University of Akron School of Law’s Black Law Students Association.


The Oscar A. Hunsicker Family Scholarship in Law

Requirements: financial need, leadership, academic merit

This scholarship honoring Judge Oscar A. Hunsicker is awarded to law students on the basis of financial need, leadership capability, academic achievement, and professionalism.


The Donald M. Jenkins Book Scholarship

Requirements: military service

This scholarship, which was established to honor retired School of Law Dean Donald M. Jenkins, provides scholarship assistance to a military veteran or to a student currently enlisted in the Reserves or National Guard.


The Ernest Karam Endowed Fund

Requirement: 2L student

This fund was established to provide awards to first-year law students in recognition of academic achievements. The award consists of a deluxe edition of Black’s Law Dictionary.


The Harley and Carol Kastner Fund

Requirements: merit and need based consideration

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.


The Bruce D. Kelley Endowed Scholarship

Requirements: merit and demonstrated financial need

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.


Michael and Mary Ellen Kilanowski Scholarship

Requirements: evening student, works full time

Preference: students from Youngstown, Boardman or Canton

The Michael and Mary Ellen Kilanowski Scholarship Fund is designated to scholarships for evening division students of The University of Akron School of Law who work full time (at least 40 hours per week), with a preference for applicants from Youngstown, Boardman, or Canton.


The Linda B. Klein Memorial Scholarship

Requirements: Single parent, part-time student

Linda Klein (’89) raised her two sons as a single parent while attending Akron Law as a part-time evening student. This scholarship is designated for a single parent (male or female) in the part-time program who is in good academic standing at the law school.


The Macro-Davis Joint Degree Endowed Scholarship Fund

Requirements: Joint Degree student, demonstrated financial need, commitment to community and servanthood

This scholarship was established 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 School of Law. Available to the Law School each Fall: 2006/07; 2008/09; 2010/11; 2012/13; 2014/15; 2016/17; 2018/19.


The Matthew 25:31-46 Scholarship Fund

Requirement: must be recognized as a nun by the Roman Catholic Church

This scholarship was established to provide scholarship assistance for nuns enrolled at The University of Akron  School of Law or in a College of Business Administration graduate program.

 

The C. Blake McDowell, Sr. Fund

This scholarship was established to offer scholarship support to an Akron Law student who is in need of assistance.


The Kerry Migdal Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to 1L day student in the spring semester

The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship assistance to a student in the first-year day class. The award is distributed each spring.


The W. Paul and Thora J. Mills Endowed Scholarship Fund

The W. Paul (’30) and Thora J. Mills Scholarship Fund was established through the generosity of The W. Paul and Thora J. Mills Foundation. The trustees of the Foundation seek to assist students who demonstrate the values of hard work and dedication to their academic careers, with consideration of financial need.


The Morrison Family Foundation Scholarship Fund

Requirement: academic merit

This scholarship was established by Jack Morrison, Jr. (’81) and Victoria Lynn Morrison. Through the generous support of The Morrison Family Foundation, this scholarship will be awarded to a day or evening student with demonstrated academic achievement.


The Jerry C. Obiekwe, Ph.D., Ed.D., Endowed Scholarship in the School of Law

Requirements: full-time second-year African American student

The purpose of this award is to provide awards to full-time second-year African-American students at the School of Law on the basis of both academic merit and financial need.


Timothy Ochsenhirt & Roetzel & Andress, LPA Endowed Scholarship Fund

Requirement: BLSA or ALSA Member

Former managing partner of Roetzel & Andress, Tim Ochsenhirt was serving as chairman of the Akron Bar Association’s Diversity Committee at the time this scholarship was established. The School of Law is proud to honor Ochsenhirt forhis commitement to Akron Law, the community, and the legal profession through the establishment of this scholarship fund. This scholarship is designated to law students who are members of the Black Law Students' Association or the Asian/Latino Student Association.  The scholarship should be awarded to a student who has worked to foster diversity and demonstrates academic excellence and leadership.


The Judge and Mrs. W. E. Pardee Memorial Scholarship

Requirement: Full-time day student, merit based

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. This scholarship is awarded to full-time, day students based on academic merit.


The William C. Pepple Scholarship Fund

Requirement: Merit based scholarship

Preference: Passion for public sector work

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 Fund

Requirement: 3rd or 4th year law student; IP Focus; 3.0 or higher GPA

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.


The Russell M. Pry Endowed Memorial Fund

Requirement: Graduate of Summit County School District and demonstrated commitment to community service

The Russell M. Pry (’84) Endowed Memorial Scholarship was established in 2017 through the leadership of the City of Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan and Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro, along with the support of family and friends and members of the City of Akron and Summit County communities. It honors the memory of a brother, great friend, loyal Democrat, incredibly smart man and genuine good guy who worked hard to make his community a better place, Summit County Executive Russell M. Pry.


The Harley John Queen Scholarship Fund

Preference: students who have lost a parent

"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.)


The Professor Emeritus Albert S. Rakas Scholarship

Requirements: evening student; demonstrated financial need

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 distributed on the basis of demonstrated financial need.


The Scott H. and Linda Ruport Business Litigation Scholarship Endowment Fund 

Requirements: 3L out of state student; interest in business law and trial advocacy

This scholarship was established by Scott and Linda Ruport for the benefit of a third-year out-of-state student attending The University of Akron School of Law who has a demonstrated interest in business law and trial advocacy. Recipients are to be selected based on academic merit and financial need and must intend to pursue a career with a law firm focused in the legal areas of business, partnership, employment, corporate, construction, real estate, eminent domain, or securities litigation.

 

The 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. Income from the fund is used to provide scholarships to deserving students in the School of Law.


The School of Law Alumni Association Endowment Fund

The School of Law Alumni Association Endowed Fund is designated to provide general support for the Law Alumni Association, including but not limited to scholarships for law students.


The School of Law Corporate Law Scholarship

Requirements: interest in corporate finance or securities law; merit and need considered

This scholarship is to be awarded annually to a student with a demonstrated 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 Law School Development Fund

The School of Law Development Fund is a private endowment established in 1986 by friends and alumni of the School of Law who have donated funds for the benefit of the School of Law but not have specified their use. The income from this endowment has been designated, in part, for use as scholarship assistance for qualified students.


The Mary Z. Seidel ’95 Scholarship Fund

Requirement: Day student

Applicants must submit a 1-2 page personal statement detailing their enthusiasm for Akron Law

This scholarship was established by Mary Seidel (’95), a prominent lobbyist in Washington, D.C. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support for day students of The University of Akron School of Law, with preference to applicants who demonstrate a strong enthusiasm for their law school career and take pride in their academic experience at Akron, are resolute in pursuit of their future profession, and have a passion toward reaching their goals. Students who are interested in government and politics are encouraged to apply as well.


Philip D. Shepherd Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Philip D. Shepherd’s wife and sons for the benefit of students enrolled at The University of Akron School of Law.  Funds from this scholarship are used to assist hardworking students who are pursuing their dream of practicing law.


The Skelton Family Law Alumni Association Endowment Fund

Preference: Coshocton County resident

The Skelton family, of which Joseph R. Skelton is a 1974 graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, established The Skelton Family Law Alumni Association Endowment Fund.  Among other things, the Skelton Family Law Alumni Association Endowment Fund is used to provide scholarship assistance to law students. In awarding scholarship support for law students, preference shall be given to Coshocton County residents.


The Harvey E. Smith’39 Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

Requirements: Evening student who works full time

The Harvey E. Smith ’39 Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund is designated to scholarships for School of Law students enrolled in the evening division who work full time and are in good academic standing. The ideal candidate should mirror Harvey’s example of hard work and dedication to education.


The Fully R. Spain, Jr. Memorial Fund

This scholarship was established by family and friends in memory of Fully R. Spain, Jr. (’73) and is awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or need.


Scott E. Stilley Memorial Scholarship Foundation

Requirements: Youngstown State Graduate

This scholarship is awarded to qualified Youngstown State graduates who are enrolled at The University of Akron School of Law.


The Thomas E. Stocker Memorial Scholarship

Requirement: From Stark County

Preference: GlenOak High School graduate; interest in public service

This scholarship will be awarded to a law student from Stark County, Ohio, with special consideration given to graduates of GlenOak High School. Students with a background or interest in public service are encouraged to apply.


The 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.


The Anna M. Pfeifle Victor and Henry P. Victor Memorial Scholarship

Requirement: Need or merit based

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.


Jay L. Vodofsky ’78 Scholarship Fund

Requirement: from the metropolitan New York area

The Jay L. Vodofsky 1978 Scholarship Fund  is designated for law students at The University of Akron School of Law who are from the metropolitan New York area.


The Daniel Wallen Endowed Scholarship Fund

Requirement: Serve on the editorial board of the Akron Law Review

The purpose this scholarship is to provide an academic scholarship for a member of The University of Akron School of Law’s Akron Law Review. The Daniel Wallen Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to a law student serving in a leadership position and holding a named Akron Law Review editorial board position.


The Judge Harold and Jeanette White Scholarship

Requirement: top 1/3 of class

Preference: Interest in Commercial Law

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.


The Honorable James R. and Catherine D. Williams Scholarship Fund

Requirement: BLSA member

The purpose of The Honorable James R. and Catherine D. Williams Scholarship Fund 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.  Law students with financial need will receive favorable consideration.


Henry C. Young Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship Fund

Requirements: Enrolled in IP Class(es); 3.0 or better GPA

This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to a student who has undertaken study in the field of intellectual property law. Mr. Young's goal in establishing this scholarship is to challenge and prepare in the best possible manner students for the practice of intellectual property law. The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be enrolled in an intellectual property-oriented course during the year the scholarship is awarded.