Scholarship Impact

Students First Scholarships ImageAs a key component of the university's "student's first" focus, scholarships are a top priority to ensure that students have access to the high-impact teaching and learning opportunities they need to graduate and enter into post-graduate work or meaningful careers. In the past year, donor support allowed the university to award deserving students more than $3 million in privately funded scholarship.

Kent State's top priority is to ensure that our students have the education, experience, inclusive environment and resources that they need to graduate and be successful in their work, and engaged in their communities as informed leaders.

One part of this goal is to focus on improving retention and graduation rates. Contributions from donors like you provide the financial means for more students to complete their education, preparing them for meaningful lives--and to change the world.


Richard and Karen Bobcheck believe the best goal to have is to finish one’s education, obtain a degree and become successful. That’s why they have created The Finish Line Achievement Grant (F.L.A.G.) for the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship. The name of their scholarship not only signifies their chance to repay what they say the university gave them, but also represents the help they’re giving to students in order to reach the important milestone of graduation. 

Army Specialist Adam S. Hamilton excelled in football, hockey and lacrosse as a star at Kent Roosevelt High School. Sadly, he was killed in Afghanistan in 2011 at age 22 while serving his country in Operation Enduring Freedom. Adam’s parents, Scott and Connie Hamilton, have made a heartfelt gift to fund an endowed field hockey scholarship in his name, as well as the lead gift for the football locker room renovations. The Adam S. Hamilton West Entrance at Dix Stadium has been named in his memory. 

The university received a wonderful and unexpected gift from the estate of Wallace J. Hagedorn, who attended Kent State’s Short Course in News Photography in 1941. He was so impressed with the class that he made a $3 million bequest — the largest single gift ever made to Kent State University to fund only scholarships, benefitting the photojournalism and photo illustration programs in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Continue to the next page.