Impact of Giving

Helping Students Open Their Minds and Shape the World


At Kent State University, we open minds, forge new paths and transform the world around us. We do this not alone, but through the purposeful generosity of others. 


Gifts to Kent State University help students expand their horizons and become more than they ever imagined. These gifts help our students grow from being students of life into persons of global impact after graduation.


Donors choose exactly where they want their contributions to go. Gifts can enhance buildings, support programs or impact research outcomes. Where donations normally have the biggest impact, however, is on the lives of students and their families.


Each and every gift to Kent State has an impact, no matter the size. With more than 1,100 donor-funded scholarships awarded each year, every donation changes lives. A recent scholarship recipient who moved in with her grandparents after her parents passed away, expressed this impact on her life: "This scholarship has taken so much stress off my grandparents and me. I will strive to represent my donor everyday by being the best student I can be."


And while giving has a tremendous impact on recipients, it has an equally profound impact on donors themselves. As one Kent State supporter said, “If an opportunity arises to make a donation, seize the moment. Be generous, as the joy it brings to others and to you is well worth the investment.”


Together, we help our students open their minds and shape the world. Together, we are a force for the future. Together, we ensure the global impact of Golden Flashes is immeasurable


Read the stories below to learn about the positive impact that giving has on Kent State, our students and our generous donors.



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Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 8:31am
Funds raised during this month-long celebration of giving support scholarships, research opportunities, educational programs, athletic teams and more.
Catherine and Jim
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 11:47am
As a student, professor and associate dean at Kent State, Catherin Hackney knows firsthand about all the good programming available in the College of Education, Health and Human Services. She and her husband, Jim, have a planned gift that will “pay it forward” and assist others....
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 11:24am
“We never, ever thought that the technology would ever be in such wide use as it is today. It just never occurred to us." - Jerry Pohmurski
Phillip Grant
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 2:11pm
Senior Journalism and Mass Communications major, Phillip Grant, ’20, believes in striving to be the best version of himself. Earning the Dennis G. Cipriany Endowed Scholarship in Journalism and Mass Communication confirmed for him that he has the potential to be great.
Linda McDonald, M.A. ’86, Ph.D. ’98
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 2:00pm
Linda McDonald is not only a proud alumna, receiving both her Master’s degree and Ph.D. at Kent State University, she’s a passionate supporter of the College of the Arts. Linda’s late husband, Pete, who was an architect, and Linda always felt that the arts enhance the quality of...
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 1:55pm
Born in Nagpur, India, Dr. Saroj Sutaria began a love affair with music as a teenager after her older brother brought home a whole set of classical music recordings and books he had purchased. “I was hooked,” she says. “We spent hours listening to those records over and over. I w...
The Kent State University Alumni Association will honor seven alumni with its 2019 Alumni Awards.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 10:58am
The Kent State University Alumni Association is proud to announce its 2019 Alumni Award recipients. Recipients are chosen based on their exceptional contributions in their chosen profession, in their communities and at Kent State.
Dr. Chun-Che Tsai
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 10:35am
“It is an honor to invest in this endowed scholarship that provides needed assistance and support to future generations of students pursuing their dreams.” – Dr. Margaret Tsai, ‘02 
Kent State at Ashtabula Recipients of the Phillip C. and Mary Lou Herbert Scholarship
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:13am
"Without this generous scholarship, I would have lost my seat in the KSUA nursing program. I'm grateful for the opportunity to further my education and become a Kent State University graduate ..."
The new 17,800-square-foot building at the Kent State University Airport will be named the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center. Construction is currently underway in anticipation of a fall 2019 opening.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:17pm
FedEx Corp. has pledged $5 million, in addition to $1.5 million already given, in support of an aeronautics academic center that will be located at the Kent State University Airport. The new 17,800-square-foot building will be named the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center.