Division of Institutional Advancement

Kent State University is Northeast Ohio’s No. 1 choice among public universities. With state support of the university providing less than 20 percent of its budget, the university relies on private support to ensure student success, enhance academic excellence and innovation, expand breakthrough research and provide contemporary, high-tech facilities for learning, study and research.

You can support a specific college or program, or you can choose to support an area of greatest need at Kent State University. These areas include scholarships, our Foundations of Excellence building campaign, our Annual Fund, or the general Area of Greatest Need fund. No matter which area you choose to support, your gift will make an immediate and lasting impact on the people and potential of Kent State. See the stories below to read more about the impact of philanthropy. 

FEATURED STORIES

May 25, 2017, Photo of Kent State President Beverly Warren with Mary and Ted Gawlicki

Kent State’s Institute for Applied Linguistics Receives $1 Million Grant to Invest in Distance Learning

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 by bringing our outstanding translational studies program to the world through a high-quality, technology-rich distance learning platform,” said Kent State President, Beverly Warren.

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.

Kent State University Receives $1 Million Gift from KeyBank Foundation to Close Graduation Gap for Underrepresented Students

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

Amari Thomas – A Kent State Flash of Inspiration

Two academic scholarships are helping Kent State University fashion merchandising major Amari Thomas succeed inside and outside the classroom.

Bert Crawford Header Image

Senior Bert Crawford’s World Is Bigger, Brighter Thanks to KSU at Stark and Our Donors

Bert Crawford is a former foster child with a difficult past and a future that seemed bleak. But he rose above his challenges,thanks to many opportunities, including his own determination, Kent State’s incredible study-abroad options, and the generosity of donors who support Kent State scholarships. His world is very different today.

Flashes supporting the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank on Alumni Day of Service

Flashes Make a Difference on Alumni Day of Service 2017

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, impactul efforts. 

Dr. Heinlein and Laxman Panthi

Scholarship Supports Lifelong Bonds for Global Awareness

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 impactful generosity of others is one of the reasons Laxman’s attendance at Kent State is possible.

President Warren, Dr. Mildred Dixon, and Dr. Allan Boike, dean of the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine

Dixon: A Lifetime Spent Blazing Trails for Minorities, Women and A Profession

On the day Dr. Mildred K. Dixon, D.P.M., ’44, celebrated her 100th birthday, her alma mater, the Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM), celebrated its 100th anniversary. As with KSUCPM, Dixon’s history is impactful. At Kent State, we empower students to break the mold and shape the world. More than 70 years ago, Mildred Dixon was doing just that.

Three generations of Flashes.

Young Alumnus Helps Ease the Load for Students Like Himself

Nicholas Giardina, ’06, gives back to support those he identifies with most from his time as a student. “All of my family has done very well in their lives with a degree from Kent State University," says Nicholas Giardina, ’06, a third-generation Kent State alumnus. His grandfather became the family’s first Kent State graduate when he received his master’s degree; Nicholas, his father, uncles, aunts, brother and wife, Jessica, also all earned degrees from the university.

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