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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Gill, James J. Memorial Scholarship in Law

The James J. Gill Memorial Scholarship in Law was established in 2012 by Mr. Terrence A. Gill in memory of his father, James J. Gill. James Joseph Gill was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1924, attended St. Vincent School, and joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from St. Vincent High School in 1942. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific through 1945.

After the war James attended John Carroll University and Loyola Marymount, where he played a year of baseball and finished at The University of Dayton, where he received an undergraduate degree in business administration. James then enrolled in law school at The University of Akron School of Law, receiving his law degree in 1954. He was best known in Akron for his many years as executive director of the Summit County Legal Aid Society where his office staff managed cases for those unable to afford attorneys.

James enjoyed skiing, flying, motorcycling, baseball, and reading. He was one of the founding members of the Akron Ski Club on Mt. Pleasant Road and served on the Boston Mills ski patrol for 15 years. He also enjoyed flying and owned an Aeronca Champ small aircraft. In his senior years he bought two motorcycles and typically rode through the Cuyahoga Valley early on Sunday mornings. Mr. Gill, who passed away in October 2008, read three newspapers a day and enjoyed being described as an exceptional conversationalist.

James’ son Terrence (Terry) also grew up in Akron, attended St. Vincent School, and is a 1977 University of Akron College of Business Administration alumnus, earning a bachelor’s degree in industrial management. Terry went on to earn an MBA from Northern Illinois University in 1988. He and his wife, Deb, raised four children in Rockford, Ill., where the couple still reside.

The James J. Gill Memorial Scholarship in Law was established to support students enrolled in The University of Akron School of Law. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic merit and financial need determined by the Scholarship Committee at The University of Akron School of Law. Preference will be given to graduates of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

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