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  • Ensure that Kent State students, faculty, staff and alumni with innovative ideas will have access to entrepreneurs, inventors and business professionals who can help them turn those ideas into successful businesses.

  • Strengthen the entrepreneurial culture at Kent State and help students from every school, college and campus to achieve their dreams.

  • Allow the center to expand facilities and add programs to meet the growing demand for academic and professional services.

  • Fund scholarships for exceptional students to provide coursework, e-mentors and travel to meet entrepreneurs.

  • Enable the addition of an executive director, entrepreneurs-in-residence, venture advisors and student fellows to connect entrepreneurs with resources to help them reach the next level in their business success.











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  • Build awareness of the Ohio insurance industry’s career opportunities among students and their advisors.

  • Ensure a highly trained workforce is available to meet growing industry needs.

  • Support an insurance-specific curriculum that provides a new Bachelor of Science degree in insurance studies.

  • Fund scholarship and internship endowments.











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  • Create an endowment fund to support the children of low-income Kent State students, enabling them to pay for the cost of early childhood education and care.

  • Fund graduate assistantships that will provide family services and support to classrooms.

  • Renovate the Studio, a laboratory for the expressive language of art that supports the ways children learn and grow best.

  • Support construction of a new wing at the Child Development Center to serve infants and young toddlers.











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  • Increase high school graduation rates, enhance college readiness and improve college/postsecondary attendance in rural counties

  • Prepare a technically skilled, professionally trained workforce to promote economic growth in the region

  • Support the success of students who have promising academic ability, but may not have access to social and educational opportunities that will allow them to reach their potential

  • Provide sponsored scholarships to cover tuition at any Kent State campus for Rural Scholars and their student mentors











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  • Fund education abroad and global research scholarships.

  • Showcase the university's international outreach.

  • Advance the leadership of the College of Education, Health and Human Services as a pacesetter in expanding undergraduate and graduate student opportunities in global education.

  • Enhance global experiences to better prepare students for today's highly interconnected world.

  • Continue the renovation of the Read Room to enhance program offerings through improved technology and support.











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  • Support program, scholarship and faculty endowments to enhance and grow the School of Library and Information Science program.

  • Double the amount of space available to all department areas of the school by adding 10,000 square feet.

  • Include areas for research labs, museum and children's library studies, student study and social interaction space, exhibit space, faculty offices and classrooms.

  • Create research areas and centers including:

    • Center for the Study of Information and Religion

    • Center for the Study of Librarianship in the Digital Age

    • Reinberger Children's Library Center and Marantz Picturebook Collection

    • Museum Experience Research Center

    • Knowledge and Semantics Center of Excellence













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Opportunities to support Blackstone Launchpad



  • Named Venture Advisor and Student Fellow Program

  • Cross-University Student Business Seed Fund


Key Short-Term Initiatives



  • Funding for up to six student fellows for the Blackstone Launchpad

  • Blackstone Launchpad Tech Lab

  • Blackstone Launchpad Professional Development Fund

  • Sponsorship Opportunities for Events and Workshops











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Your gift will help



  • Fund education abroad and global research scholarships.

  • Showcase the university's international outreach.

  • Advance the leadership of the College of Education, Health and Human Services as a pacesetter in expanding undergraduate and graduate student opportunities in global education.

  • Enhance global experiences to better prepare students for today's highly interconnected world.

  • Continue the renovation of the Read Room to enhance program offerings through improved technology and support.