The Joseph L. Ruby Student Scholarship honors Direction Home Akron Canton's former President and CEO. A visionary in the field of long-term care, Mr. Ruby led our organization for more than 35 years and is nationally recognized for his expertise. He is passionate about higher education, especially degrees supporting older adults and individuals with disabilities. If you share Mr. Ruby’s passion, you are invited to contribute to the scholarship fund and help support the journey of tomorrow’s long-term care leaders.


Scholarship Award & Eligibility

Each year, Direction Home Akron Canton offers at least one scholarship stipend of $5,000 or more to one college student studying in the field of gerontology, social work, health and human services, nursing, or a related social services field to assist with academic expenses. The Joseph L. Ruby Student Scholarship recognizes students with a vested interest in the long-term care of older adults and individuals with disabilities. Winners must live in or attend school in Portage, Stark, Summit or Wayne County, Ohio. Current employees of Direction Home are not eligible.

How to Apply

To apply for the Joseph L. Ruby Scholarship, applicants must submit:

  • A letter of reference (professional or academic)
  • A copy of your most recent transcript
  • Essay addressing:
    • Your educational goals, as well as current and proposed coursework
    • Your current and future occupational goals
    • Your need for the scholarship (include how you plan to use the funds, course[s] to be taken, if known, university and/or department)
  • Completed application form (see below)

You can access the application form online via the Akron Community Foundation. Once you have created an account, use the "Quick Search" button or scroll down to select the Joseph L. Ruby Student Scholarship (listed under “R”) and click “Apply."

Applications are closed for the 2023-2024 Academic Year 

Application deadline has passed for 2023. Please stay tuned in late spring/early summer to apply for the 2024-2025 Academic Year.

Our Scholarship Committee selects applicants for an in-person interview with the Direction Home Akron Canton Board of Directors. Interviews will take place in November, and chosen scholarship recipient(s) and their families will be invited to attend an awards ceremony.

Questions? Please contact Communications.