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Akron Community Foundation awards over $430K in annual scholarship funding


More than 200 students benefit from scholarships 

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Akron Community Foundation's scholarship funds awarded 218 scholarships totaling $431,697 during its most recent fiscal year. These scholarships are provided through the foundation's nearly 80 scholarship funds established by individuals, businesses and organizations to help local students offset the financial burden of achieving their educational goals. 

This year, students are using their scholarships to pursue their education at institutions including Case Western Reserve UniversityHoly Family SchoolDuke UniversityJohns Hopkins UniversityKent State UniversityLoyola University and The Ohio State University, just to name a few.  

"I applied for the Judith Resnik scholarship when I was a senior in high school and was awarded the scholarship," said Adwoa Odoom, Judith A. Resnik Memorial Fund scholarship recipient and Cleveland State University senior. "Four years later, I am finishing up my anthropology degree with a minor in biology. It was one of my goals to graduate without debt, and I was able to accomplish that with this scholarship as one of my main sources of financial aid."

Scholarship funds at Akron Community Foundation accept applications at various times throughout the year. For a list of application deadlines and more information about Akron Community Foundation's scholarship funds, visit  

For the full list of Akron Community Foundation's most recent scholarship recipients, visit  

About Akron Community Foundation 
Celebrating 66 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. It is a philanthropic endowment of more than $272 million with a growing family of more than 730 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation's funds have awarded nearly $194 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit

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