Impact Stories | Kent State University

Helping Students Open Their Minds and Shape the World.

Gifts to Kent State University help students expand their horizons, become more than they ever imagined and augment their impact on the world after graduation. And while giving has a tremendous impact on recipients, it has an equally profound impact on donors themselves.

“You hope that people who have some resources will think about the good of others,” said a Kent State donor. “It causes you to think about your own legacy – what kind of a dent we've made in the bigger picture – and the concept of leaving a place better than we found it.”

Together, we can be purposeful in shaping the future by impacting lives today: our own and others'. To read more about the positive impact giving has on donors, students and the world, click on the stories below.


 

Students involved with Kent State’s Campus Kitchen Project prepare meals for local community members in need.
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:39am
Education at Kent State University goes beyond books, lectures and classroom walls. At Kent State, we help instill in students a sense of purposeful living; we help our students appreciate the importance of leaving a legacy of excellence, both professionally and personally.
The Fashion School's NYC Studio Director Young Kim Thanos leads a class. The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation gift will help support the study-away program benefiting fashion school students, including those who study at the NYC Studio.
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 11:36am
Kent State University has received a $2.5 million gift for its Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation of Hudson, Ohio. This gift will endow a Fashion School chair and support the study-away program...
May 25, 2017, Photo of Kent State President Beverly Warren with Mary and Ted Gawlicki
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 2:17pm
Kent State received a grant for $1 million from the Gawlicki Family Foundation of Hartford, Connecticut, to fund the development of a state-of-the-art distance learning translation studies program. “This transformational gift … will enable us to better fulfill our global mission...
Pictured (left to right) are Barb Smith of KeyBank; Margot Copeland of KeyBank Foundation and Kent State Board of Trustees; Kent State student Jordan Wilkins; Kent State President Beverly Warren; and Kent State Foundation Board Chair Gary Brahler.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 11:41am
KeyBank Foundation has granted $1 million to Kent State University to support programs to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students.
Amari Thomas
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 10:13am
Two academic scholarships help Kent State University fashion merchandising major Amari Thomas shine brightly inside and outside the classroom.
Bert Crawford Header Image
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 9:55am
Bert Crawford is a former foster child with a difficult past and a future that seemed bleak. But he broke the mold and rose above his challenges thanks to many opportunities, including his own determination, Kent State’s incredible study-abroad options and the generosity of donor...
Flashes supporting the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank on Alumni Day of Service
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 11:42am
The 2017 Kent State Alumni Day of Service, held April 29, was our biggest yet, with close to 400 volunteers serving at 27 locations around the world! This year, we have a fantastic highlight video to showcase our volunteers' collective, impactful efforts to shape the world around...
Dr. Heinlein and Laxman Panthi
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 11:47am
Laxman Panthi was born and raised in Nepal, and earned his undergraduate degree in India. When choosing to pursue his Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.), however, he chose to do so in the United States, at Kent State, which he calls “the greatest school in the USA.” The...
Lauren Pankiw
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 10:44am
Lauren Pankiw, '16, is driven by solid, benevolent goals. “I’m going to be a physician assistant, and ... my goal is to work with underserved communities.”
Giving Thank You
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 10:03am
On Giving Tuesday 2016, the Kent State family truly showed their blue and gold sprit by donating a record-breaking $426,000! In President Warren's heartfelt thank you video, she explains how being united in giving helps us all to broaden horizons and shape the world.

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