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.

 

 

Kent State President Todd Diacon (third from left) is joined by FedEx officials and members of the Kent State community to unveil the new FedEx Aeronautics and Academic Center.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 1:25pm
Kent State University’s new FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center provides a world-class training ground to help aviation students and future pilots soar to even greater achievements.
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 
Steve Harvey shares a joke with the eight scholarship recipients who will be attending Kent State this fall as Sonya Williams (far right) from the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion looks on. (Photo provided by the "Steve" television show)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 1:16pm
Steve Harvey, producer, actor, author and former Kent State University student, is paying it forward by awarding eight of Kent State’s incoming freshmen with scholarships that will cover the total cost of attendance for each student.
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."
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.
John and Fonda Elliot
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 8:17am
At a ceremony held April 11, 2019, nearly 50 years after his own graduation, John Elliot, ’70, and his wife, Fonda, were present as the architecture and environmental design building was officially named “The John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design.”
The 2018 Giving Tuesday campaign is a monthlong event, providing an expanded timeframe for giving, additional giving options and more occasions to have gifts matched.
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 2:11pm
Kent State University’s Giving Tuesday 2018 broke the million-dollar mark for the second year in a row.
The John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 2:54pm
John and Fonda Elliot have become the largest donors in Kent State University’s history, providing the largest total outright gift of $10 million as well as a $2 million planned gift, benefiting the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.
Jennifer Jones
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 1:14pm
Kent State University professor of art, Jennifer Jones, hopes to engage and inspire a community and Kent State students though planned murals within The Summit County Department of Job and Family Services building in Akron.

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