Akron Bar Foundation

The Akron Bar Foundation was created in 1985 to serve as the fund-raising and charitable arm of the Akron Bar Association. The Foundation is composed of members in good standing of the Akron Bar Association.

The Foundation is governed by a 15-member Board of Governors. The organization has one standing committee, the Scholarship Fund Committee. Ad hoc committees are created on an as-needed basis. The Foundation strives to broaden its role in the community by supporting charitable activities and organizations whose goals fall within the Foundation’s mission:

AS THE CHARITABLE ARM OF THE AKRON BAR ASSOCIATION, THE FOUNDATION STRIVES TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF JUSTICE AND IMPROVE THE IMAGE OF LAWYERS THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF LAW-RELATED AND PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAMS PRIMARILY DIRECTED TO THE AKRON METROPOLITAN AREA.

For further information, please contact the Development Director by email or phone at (330) 436-0103.

Fellows

Foundation Fellows are Akron Bar Association attorneys and judges who have distinguished themselves professionally, who have made a significant monetary donation to the Foundation, and who have given generously of their time to serve the communities where they live and work.

Fellows are the financial backbone of the Foundation, and they share our vision with the community. Each year, distinguished persons are nominated for fellowship, and invitations offering Fellow status within the Foundation are issued.

View the Foundation Fellows

Scholarships

The Akron Bar Foundation provides scholarships to law students based on grade point average, affiliation with Summit County, history of community involvement, and financial need. In 2016, The Foundation granted $37,000 in scholarships to eight law school students.

The deadline for applications is typically in March or April of each year. Qualified applicants are then interviewed in April.

Qualified applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States;
  • Must be attending a law school in Ohio;
  • Must be in good academic standing with their school(s);
  • Must have an affiliation with Summit County;
  • Must have a demonstrated history of community involvement;
  • Must have financial need.

In order for applications to be considered, applicants must send an updated resume, a completed application, a certified transcript from their school(s), two letters of recommendation, and a FERPA release form.

For more information, please contact the Foundation by email or phone at (330) 436-0103.

Scholarship Application & Guidelines

Grants

The Akron Bar Foundation invites applications for funding for programs or projects that meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Will improve the justice system
  • Will improve equal access to justice
  • Will improve the quality of justice through public service and/or law-related education

In 2016, 14 grants were awarded totaling $50,500.

The deadline for Preliminary Letters of Inquiry is typically in February of each year, and awardees are announced in May.

For more information, please contact the Foundation by email or phone at (330) 436-0103.  View past grant recipients>>

Grant Guidelines & Application

Make a Donation

Donations in memory or honor of an individual or an event are welcomed at any time. Donations are a meaningful way to express sympathy or honor an individual for a lifetime of service to the legal profession, and also assures that the honoree’s ideals are perpetuated through programs that benefit the entire community.

Donation Options
Memorial Tribute Form
Major Gift Form

Donations, along with the completed appropriate form, should be mailed to:
The Akron Bar Foundation
57 South Broadway
Akron, OH 44308

A card will be sent to loved ones informing them of the gift with no mention of the amount.

For more information, please contact the Foundation by email or phone at (330) 436-0103.

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