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. 


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 university’s outstanding M.B.A. program was a main reason I chose to attend Kent State,” Laxman said.

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 Sept. 7 of this year, Dr. Mildred K. Dixon, D.P.M., ’44, celebrated her 100th birthday. That same day, her alma mater, the Kent State University 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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