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.

 

 

Sally and Cathy Cahur, Ryan Miles, Prof Jerry Wong
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 9:06am
“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 - 11:49am
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 - 10:58am
“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 - 12:01pm
“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 - 10:39am
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.
The Fashion School's NYC Studio Director Young Kim Thanos leads a class. The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation gift will help support the study-away program benefiting fashion school students, including those who study at the NYC Studio.
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 11:36am
Kent State University has received a $2.5 million gift for its Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation of Hudson, Ohio. This gift will endow a Fashion School chair and support the study-away program...
May 25, 2017, Photo of Kent State President Beverly Warren with Mary and Ted Gawlicki
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 2:17pm
Kent State received a grant for $1 million from the Gawlicki Family Foundation of Hartford, Connecticut, to fund the development of a state-of-the-art distance learning translation studies program. “This transformational gift … will enable us to better fulfill our global mission...
Pictured (left to right) are Barb Smith of KeyBank; Margot Copeland of KeyBank Foundation and Kent State Board of Trustees; Kent State student Jordan Wilkins; Kent State President Beverly Warren; and Kent State Foundation Board Chair Gary Brahler.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 11:41am
KeyBank Foundation has granted $1 million to Kent State University to support programs to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students.
Amari Thomas
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 10:13am
Two academic scholarships help Kent State University fashion merchandising major Amari Thomas shine brightly inside and outside the classroom.
Bert Crawford Header Image
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 9:55am
Bert Crawford is a former foster child with a difficult past and a future that seemed bleak. But he broke the mold and rose above his challenges thanks to many opportunities, including his own determination, Kent State’s incredible study-abroad options and the generosity of donor...

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