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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Ruport, Scott H. and Linda S. Business Litigation Scholarship Endowment Fund

The Scott H. and Linda S. Ruport Business Litigation Scholarship was established in 2006. Scott is a member of the School of Law (class of 1974), has more than 32 years of trial experience, and is licensed to practice law in Ohio (1974), Pennsylvania (1984), and Florida (2002). He has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating of AV and is a member of the Akron, Ohio State, and American Bar associations; The Florida Bar; Collier County Bar Association; Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers; and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Scott has been listed in various editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in American, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and also in Ohio Super Lawyers. He was a captain in the Finance Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Ruport Co., L.P.A. was formed in 1985 to provide experienced litigation service in the areas of business, partnership, employment, corporate, construction, real estate, eminent domain, stocks, and securities. The scholarship will be awarded annually to 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. This scholarship is restricted to out-of-state students. The recipient shall be selected by The University of Akron School of Law Scholarship Selection Committee. Scholarship awards may cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board, all or in part, for The University of Akron School of Law selected recipient.

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