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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Aynes, Dean and Professor Richard L. and Attorney Kathleen S. Clinic Scholarship Fund

Established in 1999 and fully endowed in 2007, The Dean and Professor Richard L. and Attorney Kathleen S. Aynes Clinic Scholarship Fund stems from the high regard in which Richard and Kathleen Aynes hold clinical education. As law students, they both participated in legal clinics; Richard served with the Cleveland Legal Aid Society and Kathleen served in a Title VII clinical program at The Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Richard later was employed as a legal intern in the Tremont Office of Cleveland Legal Aid and served for three years as the coordinator of the Appellate Review Office at The University of Akron. Kathleen later served in a volunteer internship at the Eighth District Ohio Court of Appeals.

This scholarship is designed for an upper-class student who has participated in one of The University of Akron School of Law clinical programs and who, in the judgment of the director of the Clinic, has both served the Clinic’s clients well and also significantly improved his/her skills in a way that will help make him/her a better lawyer. The creators of this fund envision that an annual award would be made to a clinic student. If, however, the director of the Clinic determines there is no suitable recipient in a given year, the award can be rolled over into a later year in which either multiple scholarships can be given or a larger scholarship can be given to a single individual.

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