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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 and 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.

 

 

Deborah and Bill Asbury
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 2:23pm
"Anyone who graduated from Kent State has the opportunity to think back on their lives while they were involved, and to decide whether it was important to them. Kent State made a commitment to me long before I decided to support others at the university.” -  Bill Asbury, '64
Davina Gosnell, center
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 2:20pm
“Those of us who have benefited from scholarships in our lives have the responsibility to pay it forward ... And you don’t have to be rich or famous to make a difference.” - Davina Gosnell
Kent State University President Emerita Carol Cartwright, Ph.D., and her husband, G. Phillip Cartwright, Ph.D., accept an award at the Founders Gala held in November 2017 in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 3:33pm
“Our hearts are here in Kent,” President Emerita Cartwright said. “We value both the Kent State family and the larger community. We were driven by the opportunity to make a true and lasting difference in students’ lives and are pleased that we can see the value of our investment...
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Friday, December 1, 2017 - 3:04pm
"We are humbled and deeply grateful that our Kent State supporters helped us raise more than $1 million to further the university’s mission to provide the most impactful educational experience for all of our students." - Stephen Sokany, vice president for institutional advancemen...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:35pm
A longer timeframe, expanded giving options, donation boosts and donation matches make Kent State's 2017 Giving Tuesday celebration the greatest opportunity ever for people to make an impact on the lives of students and Kent State University.
Sally and Cathy Cahur, Ryan Miles, Prof Jerry Wong
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 1:06pm
“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Anderson Sally Cahur, ’57, established the Nancy Samhric Scholarship in Music to honor her sister who had a passion for music, and to support Kent State students’ quest to expand their artistic talents.
Donor Mac McFarland and his scholarship recipient Brendan Evans
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 3:49pm
Mac McFarland and his son, David, formed a bond over aviation and service. Years later, that bond is honored by a scholarship endowed to honor David and to make immediate and lasting impacts on the lives of Kent State students.
Kent State University President Beverly Warren (right) stands with Joseph and Frances Stevens, who established the Stevens Family Scholarship for Kent State’s College of Business Administration.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 2:58pm
“We are grateful that the Stevens family’s tremendous support will enable us to provide additional scholarship opportunities in order to put ‘Students First’ in all we do,” said Kent State President Beverly Warren.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 4:01pm
“I am tremendously thankful for the private support throughout the year from alumni, friends, corporations and foundations,” President Warren said. “We are able to offer so much more to our growing student population because of these gifts. Additionally, our record fundraising ye...
Students involved with Kent State’s Campus Kitchen Project prepare meals for local community members in need.
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 2:39pm
Education at Kent State University goes beyond books, lectures and classroom walls. At Kent State, we help instill in students a sense of purposeful living; we help our students appreciate the importance of leaving a legacy of excellence, both professionally and personally.

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