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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Roberto Esq., Carmen V. Scholarship

Carmen V. Roberto, The University of Akron School of Law, class of 1973, established The Carmen V. Roberto, Esq. Scholarship to encourage excellence in trial advocacy and as a means of giving back to his alma mater.

The purpose of The Carmen V. Roberto, Esq. Scholarship is to reward an outstanding student advocate who is a member of one of The University of Akron School of Law’s Mock Trial Teams and/or to provide an academic scholarship. The selection of the Carmen V. Roberto, Esq. Outstanding Student Advocate and/or The Carmen V. Roberto, Esq. Scholarship recipient will be made by the dean of The University of Akron School of Law, upon the recommendation of the director of the Trial Team or Trial Advocacy Professor(s), and the School of Law Scholarship Committee.

In awarding the Carmen V. Roberto, Esq. Outstanding Student Advocate award, preference will be given to a top student on the Mock Trial Team with a law school GPA of 3.2 or higher. Over time, a Carmen V. Roberto, Esq. Scholarship may also be awarded to one or more students who are not on the Mock Trial Team but who are enrolled in Trial Advocacy or an equivalent skills training class and have a law school GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Carmen V. Roberto is a partner in the Akron law firm of Vasko, Roberto & Evans, L.P.A. and a 2002 recipient of The University of Akron School of Law’s Law Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumni Award. After law school and military service, Roberto worked for the law firm of Miller & Morris and then as a sole practitioner. From 1976 until 1982, he served the city of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, as an assistant prosecutor, assistant law director and law director. Roberto has lectured nationally on municipal law topics and written articles for national journals and a trial handbook for municipal prosecutors. His community involvement includes serving as a past president of the Akron Bar Association, counsel for the All American Soap Box Derby Boosters’ Club, chair of the Attorneys United Way Campaign, and committee member of the Lake Township Zoning Board and the city of Green Planning Commission.

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