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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Gilbert, Esq., Edward L. Jurist-In-Residence Program

The Edward L. Gilbert, Esq., Jurist-in-Residence Program was established in September 2003 with the assistance of a gift by University of Akron School of Law alumnus Edward L. Gilbert, class of 1976, to help enhance the national and international prestige of the School of Law, to promote serious conversation and debate on minority issues in the United States and throughout the world, to promote faculty diversity, and to advance teaching excellence at his alma mater.

The Edward L. Gilbert, Esq., Jurist-in-Residence Program will invite international jurists to The University of Akron School of Law to augment curriculum and career planning and placement offerings for law students and law alumni, to provide formal and informal professional development opportunities for faculty and members of the bar, and to contribute scholarly articles for publication in the Akron Law Review Journal.

The Edward L. Gilbert, Esq., Jurist-in-Residence Program will be held on an annual basis, assuming funding allocations permit. The dean of The University of Akron School of Law will identify and select the jurist-in-residence. In selecting the jurist-in-residence, preference in the first five years of the program will be given to African jurists.

A jurist-in-residence program committee, appointed annually by the dean of the School of Law, shall determine the jurist-in-residence budget, program, and other related expectations of the jurist-in residence. Members of the program committee will include academicians and administrators from The University of Akron School of Law, a member of the local judiciary, and a member of the Akron Bar Association’s Minority Involvement Committee. The dean of the School of Law will serve as ex-officio member of the committee.

Edward L. Gilbert is a senior partner in the Akron, Ohio, law firm of Slater, Zurz & Gilbert. Attorney Gilbert is a litigator who specializes in civil rights law. He and his wife, Delphenia Gilbert, have one son.

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