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Scholarship Funds

Through Akron Community Foundation scholarship funds, forward-thinking benefactors like Ann Lane Gates are helping local students achieve their educational dreams.

Some scholarships fund a student's education in a specific area of study, like health care or engineering. Others help students attend their alma mater or award scholarships to students from a specific high school.

Altogether, generous community foundation fundholders have made possible hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship grants, helping area students like you achieve brighter futures.

Here are the funds they created:

*Please note: PDF applications included with the scholarships below should be saved locally prior to filling in content, or content may be lost.

Akron Public Schools Scholarship Funds

$1,000/year
Renewable for three additional years (must maintain 2.0 GPA and full-time student status)
This scholarship fund was established by an anonymous donor to provide two annual scholarships to one male and one female graduate of Akron Public Schools pursuing a four-year degree at an accredited college or university. Preference is given to students that participated in the performing or visual arts during high school. For more information, contact Yvonne Culver or view Akron Public Schools' scholarship opportunities. Applications are due March 30.
$500/year
This award is presented to two graduating seniors from Garfield Senior High School who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to human relations at Garfield and/or in their local community. The award will consist of a $500 book scholarship to each recipient. The recipients must provide documentation of enrollment in an educational program, must be a graduating senior from Garfield High School, and must have exhibited achievement of excellence in his/her academic (includes vocational skills) development and/or unselfish rendering of service over a period of years in school and the local community for the betterment of others. Contact Garfield High School at 330-773-6831 for a nomination form. Applications are due April 1.
$1,000/year

This scholarship was established by the Meadows family and many friends of Frank W. Meadows to provide scholarships for Ellet High School seniors attending an accredited college or university. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.75-3.0, have grown up in and have ties to the Ellet community, and be involved in extracurricular activities and community service. For more information, or to apply, contact Deborah Christy, Ellet High School counselor, at 330-794-4120 or dchristy@akron.k12.oh.us.

Established in honor of Esther Simonetti Owen’s half-century of work in the education field, this fund awards scholarships to students who have attended Akron Public Schools for the past four years and plan to major in education. Preference is given to students who have an aptitude for, interest in and experience working with children. The student must have a 3.25 high school GPA or better and plan to attend a four-year college or university, majoring in education. Financial need is not a consideration. For more information, contact Yvonne Culver or view Akron Public Schools' scholarship opportunities. Applications are due April 12.

Arts & Culture Scholarship Funds

$500/year
This scholarship is awarded to a deserving Akron-area senior who has participated in a music program. It is to be used toward tuition at a four-year college or university. Individuals are selected based on financial need, scholastic achievement, leadership and citizenship. The fund was established by the Coming Together Project in memory of Richard L. Averitte, who was a music educator with Akron Public Schools for 31 years before becoming the first executive director of the Coming Together Project. Mr. Averitte died of cancer in 1997, but his legacy of supporting the continuing education of young people continues through this fund. For more information, contact Yvonne Culver or view Akron Public Schools' scholarship opportunities. Applications are due April 15.
Established by the Artists of Rubber City in memory of Margot Eiseman, this fund carries on her legacy as an artist and educator by helping young artists pursue their dreams of an education and career in art. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior in Summit County majoring in art or art education, with a strong preference toward a focus in fiber arts. Recipients may resubmit an application each year to compete for renewal. Applications are due Jan. 15.

Community Service Scholarship Funds

$1,200/year
The Coming Together Diversity Scholarship Fund was established by Coming Together, an organization created in 1993 to promote racial harmony and cultural awareness in our community. Coming Together Akron continues the legacy of supporting student leadership in the area of race relations and diversity through this fund. Recipients are selected based on scholastic achievement, leadership and citizenship. For more information, contact Yvonne CulverApplications are due April 1.
This fund honors the Rotary Club’s motto of “service above self” by providing scholarships to Medina County seniors with excellent character, academics and community service. For more information, visit www.clubrunner.ca/medinasunrise/.

Company/Organization-Specific Scholarship Funds

$1,000/year
Renewable for three additional years (must maintain 2.8 GPA)

This scholarship fund was established for the benefit of children of Technicote employees. Eligible scholarship recipients are children of Technicote employees who are high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 intending to pursue higher education in an accredited two- or four-year college or university program. Multiple qualified students from the same family are eligible for consideration. Priority is given to students studying chemistry or science. Consideration is given to personal attributes, work ethic in part-time employment or athletics, having overcome personal or family adversity, service in the community, and entrepreneurial skills. Contact James Bower at Technicote Inc. at 800-358-4448 for an application or get the application here. Applications are due March 1.
$3,000/year for college student
$2,000/year for parochial high school student
$1,000/year for parochial elementary school student

This fund was established by the Geis family to provide scholarships to Geis Companies employees, employees’ children, and children of the company’s subcontractors and vendors. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need and academic success. Applications are due May 1.
$600-$1,000/year
This scholarship was established by friends of the Hasbrouck family to help preserve the memory of Morgan Hasbrouck. Morgan was an active member of the Summit Sizzlers 4-H Livestock Club. This scholarship is open to graduating seniors or high school graduates who are active or former 4-H members, preferably from Summit or Portage counties. No member of the Hasbrouck family may apply. Applications are due March 1.
$1,000/year
This fund awards scholarships to the winners of the annual Marbles Tournament who are pursuing higher education. Two scholarships are awarded each year to one boy and one girl. The tournament takes place the first Saturday in June. For more information, please contact Michael C. Cohill, tournament director, at 330-869-5807 or knuckledabster@yahoo.com. Or, visit www.AkronMarbles.com.
$1,000/year
This fund was established to provide college scholarships to children of North Coast Society Club employees, children of North Coast Society Members, or any person employed by a North Coast Society Club. Up to 12 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually. Applications are due June 1.
$500/year
This scholarship is granted to the annual winner(s) of the Most Valuable Student Competition held by Cuyahoga Falls-Akron-Barberton Elks Lodge #1923, fka Barberton, Ohio Lodge No. 982 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. For more information, contact Loreto George at 330-825-5383.
Award amount varies and may be renewable for the college term
This scholarship fund was established to provide college scholarships for Akron Paint and Varnish Inc. employees and their spouses, children and grandchildren. The applicant must maintain a 2.5 GPA and be an active volunteer. Funds may be used for tuition, room and board, and books. Applications are due April 30.

Field-Specific Scholarship Funds

$1,000/year
Renewable for one additional year (must maintain 3.0 GPA)

This scholarship was created to honor George and Margaret Dombo. It is for female graduates of the city of Akron public or parochial high schools interested in studying communications at a four-year Ohio public college. This scholarship may be applied toward tuition and/or books. Applications are due April 30.
$1,000/year
Renewable for three additional years (must maintain minimum 2.5 GPA and be pursuing an educational degree)

This scholarship fund was established by Ann Lane Gates to support Project GRAD Akron Public Schools students who are studying education at any accredited college or university. Applications are due May 1.
$300/year
This fund awards scholarships to college students studying special education. The recipient is selected by Akron Public Schools. For more information, contact Yvonne Culver or view Akron Public Schools' scholarship opportunities. Applications are due April 30.
This fund awards scholarships to students studying entomology, with priority given to children of Summit County Pest Control Association members. It is named in memory of Bettie Portwood, longtime owner of Akron-based TNT Exterminating and former president of the Ohio Pest Management Association. Get the application.
$1,000/year
This scholarship was created to honor and memorialize Michelle M. Vasenda, a career nurse who passed away from breast cancer in 2009. It was Michelle’s vision to create a scholarship to help those committed to helping others. This scholarship is for students that are applying to or are currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program. The applicant must have a 3.0 GPA and must have completed a substantial amount of community service with a cancer-related organization. The scholarship may be applied toward tuition or other college-related expenses. Applications are due May 1. For more information, visit www.michellemvasendafund.org/.

General Scholarship Funds

$1,000/year
May be renewable for the college term

This scholarship fund was established by GAR Foundation to provide college scholarships to financially needy Summit County students. The applicant must be a resident of Summit County and must attend or plan to attend an in-state institution of higher education (including community college) accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents. Applications are due March 3. For more information, contact Brittany Zaehringer at bzaehringer@garfdn.org or 330-576-2913.
$2,000/year
May be renewable for the college term

This scholarship was established to provide assistance to worthy, needy and ambitious high school seniors residing in Summit County who desire a college education. Applications are due April 15.

Hudson Public Schools Scholarship Funds

Awards vary
A collection of funds to assist Hudson High School graduates, these dozen-plus grants reward excellence in a variety of areas, from academic and athletic talent to moral leadership and entrepreneurial spirit. Learn more.
Established in memory of a former Hudson teacher, this fund awards scholarships to Hudson seniors who plan to study education. Applicants must demonstrate a desire to succeed and be active in extracurricular and community activities. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
This fund awards scholarships to Hudson seniors who demonstrate academic ability, leadership and high moral standards. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
This fund awards scholarships to Hudson seniors who plan to study drawing, painting or graphic arts. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
This fund awards scholarships to Hudson seniors who demonstrate the greatest academic improvement between their sophomore and senior years. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
This fund was established in honor of Arthur Caniglia, an industrial arts teacher and assistant football coach at Hudson High School. It awards scholarships to Hudson vocational students who plan to attend Kent State University. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
This fund awards scholarships to Hudson tennis team players. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
This fund was established in memory of Les Dingledine, a 1963 graduate of Hudson High School who earned 11 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. It awards scholarships to one senior baseball player and one senior softball player. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
$2,000/year
This fund was established in memory of Roland E. Gamble, who was a music educator at Hudson High School for 28 years and an active participant in other Hudson community organizations. Mr. Gamble died of cancer in 1995. Each year, this scholarship is awarded to a deserving student at Hudson High School who participated in band, orchestra or choir. Applications are due April 15. For more information, contact Hudson High School at 330-653-1416.
This fund was established in memory of Rosemary Gibbes, a graduate of Hudson High School who worked as a registrar at the school for 32 years. In honor of her work to improve diversity awareness in the school, this scholarship is awarded to Hudson seniors who improve human relations and diversity awareness in their school and community. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
This fund awards scholarships to Hudson seniors with exemplary community service and at least a 3.0 GPA. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
This fund awards scholarships to Hudson seniors who have a parent serving on the City of Hudson Fire Department and who are pursuing a degree in the field of public safety. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
Established in memory of former Hudson coach and athletic director Ray Hyser, this fund awards scholarships to Hudson student athletes who have received a Ray Hyser Award. This award honors students who display team pride and sportsmanship, as well as academic and athletic excellence. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
Established in memory of a former Hudson special education teacher, this fund awards scholarships to special education students. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
Established in memory of legendary Browns receiver Dante Lavelli, this fund awards scholarships to Hudson senior football players who exhibit leadership. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
This one-year scholarship, established by the family of Joan Lutz, helps qualifying Hudson High School seniors continue their education or vocational training. Students must have maintained a 2.5 GPA for seven semesters and fulfill the criteria of financial need. Recipients must agree to not join a fraternity or sorority during their freshman year. A committee composed of representatives from the Women's Club of Hudson, Ohio, will act as an advisory board for the fund and will review the applications by an evaluation and interview process. For more information, contact Hudson High School’s guidance office. A confidential family income statement and student statement must be completed and returned with the application no later than March 1.
This fund was established in memory of Scott Malson. It is awarded each year to a graduating senior who participated in the Hudson Hawks Youth Football program and is an exemplary student, athlete and leader. Applicants must have participated in the Hudson Hawks Youth Football program and continued their athletic career in any sport through Hudson High School. Individuals must show leadership skills, commitment, desire and the good sportsmanship that Coach Malson believed in and taught. Applicants also must be in good scholastic standing, graduating and pursuing higher education. For more information, contact Hudson High School’s guidance office. Applications are due March 18.
This fund awards scholarships to Hudson seniors who demonstrate leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
This fund was established in memory of June Young Pak, a 2003 Hudson High School graduate who died in a flash flood while trying to rescue a neighbor trapped in a basement car park. It awards scholarships to Hudson seniors on the lacrosse team. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.
$2,500/year
This fund was established by Joe Ruocco, vice president of human resources for GE Consumer & Industrial. He established the fund in 2007 with an award he received for his efforts in restructuring activities. This scholarship is for a Hudson High School graduating senior in the small group instruction classroom who has effectively used the services provided to exhibit significant growth toward becoming an independent student. Small group instructors nominate the students for consideration. For more information, contact Peggy Hudson at HudsonP@hudson.edu.
This fund awards scholarships to Hudson seniors who accomplish significant intellectual endeavors beyond the curriculum. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Hudson High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-653-1420.

Nontraditional Scholarship Funds

$500-$2,000/year
This scholarship fund was established by the American Association of University Women of Medina County to award scholarships to non-traditional female students attending an accredited college/university. The "non-traditional" student is seen as a woman whose undergraduate education has been interrupted or delayed. Applicants must be a resident of Medina County. Contact Bernice Goertzen for an application. Applications are due April 9.

School-Specific Scholarship Funds

This scholarship is given to football players at Cuyahoga Falls High School who are pursuing higher education. For more information, visit http://blacktigergridironclub.com/Home.php.
$1,000/year
Renewable for one additional year (must maintain 3.0 GPA)

This scholarship provides assistance to students pursuing education and/or training upon graduating from Cuyahoga Falls High School. Established in August 1996 by the Corbett family, the fund honors Michael Corbett, who died at the age of 15 after a courageous battle with cancer. Consideration is given to the efforts of students who have encountered adversity in their lives. Applications are due March 14. Electronic applications and instructions are available on the Cuyahoga Falls High School site. Or, call the guidance office at 330-926-3801.
$500-$1,000/year

This fund was established by Mr. Jim Zedak, a former resident of the Village Network in Smithville, Ohio, who today is a successful businessman. The Glick-Zedak Scholarship was established to create an educational opportunity through scholarships to help former residents of Village Network earn a lifetime trade or degree. Applications are available from Village Network in Smithville, Ohio. For more information, contact Wendy Warren at 330-264-3232, ext. 3903.

Applications are due March 31.
This fund awards scholarships for St. Sebastian School graduates who will attend St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. For more information, contact the St. Vincent-St. Mary Endowment Office at 330-780-6439.
This fund was established in memory of Abby Lipply, a Hudson High School student who passed away from an epileptic seizure in 2008. It honors Abby’s attitude of self sacrifice by awarding scholarships to Hudson seniors who demonstrate passionate support for a cause or person. For more information, contact Hudson High School at 330-653-1416.
This fund awards scholarships to residents of Litchfield Township who are graduating from Buckeye High School. For more information, contact Buckeye High School’s guidance office at 330-722-8257.
This fund awards scholarships to Buckeye High School seniors who reside in Litchfield Township and plan to study engineering. For more information, contact Buckeye High School’s guidance office at 330-722-8257.

University of Akron Scholarship Funds

$1,000/semester
This fund was established in 2008 by Patricia Graves in honor and memory of her foster parents, Jessie and Abram Kipple. It awards an annual scholarship to a student at the University of Akron who is of good character, has demonstrated financial need, is working while attending school, and has grades of "C" or better. Can be used for tuition, books, fees, room and board (on or off campus), and incidentals for personal or other emergency needs. For more information, please contact the University of Akron Office of Financial Aid at finaid@uakron.edu or 330-972-7032.
$1,000/year
This scholarship is awarded to a female nontraditional student at the University of Akron who is in her final year of undergraduate or graduate study. Scholarship applications are administered by the University of Akron Adult Focus and are due April 19.