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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Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association Scholarship

The Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) established The Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association Scholarship in March 2018, to provide scholarship assistance to The University of Akron School of Law students studying intellectual property law. Membership in CIPLA is open to attorneys practicing in the area of intellectual property law, patent agents, and law students interested in intellectual property law.

Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association Scholarship will be awarded to one or more students enrolled at The University of Akron School of Law, who are studying intellectual property law.  The recipient should be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in the Intellectual Property Certificate Program; or otherwise intend to take significant intellectual property coursework at The University of Akron. 

The recipient must submit a written statement (150 to 500 words) about their involvement in intellectual property law through classwork, extracurricular activities or legal work, such as internships and clerkships.  The statement may be made retroactively, prior to, or contemporaneously with receiving the scholarship.  The CIPLA organization reserves the right to recite or publish the statement at its meetings or on its various social media platforms. 

The scholarship will be awarded annually, as funds are available, by The University of Akron School of Law’s Scholarship Committee.  

The scholarship recipient should make every effort to attend CIPLA’s spring meeting, which usually takes place in May.

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