Kent State University is Northeast Ohio’s No. 1 choice among public universities. With state support of the university providing less than 20 percent of its budget, the university relies on private support to ensure student success, enhance academic excellence and innovation, expand breakthrough research and provide contemporary, high-tech facilities for learning, study and research.

Your choices of where and how to support Kent State students, our vision and our mission are endless, and include areas such as scholarships; Study Abroad and Study Away programs; numerous facilities initiatives such as our efforts to improve, enhance and expand our Aerospace and Engineering facilities; a specific college or program close to your heart; or even the general "Area of Greatest Need" fund. No matter which area you choose to support, your gift will make an immediate and lasting impact on the people and potential of Kent State. See the stories below to read more about the impact philanthropy has on Kent State and our students. 

The Kent State Emergency Grant Fund is helping students meet financial challenges.

  • Kent State students share their personal experiences with COVID-19, and how the support from the Kent State Emergency Grant Fund helped them pay for rent, groceries, technology to finish classes and other necessities.

  • Kent State University was recently notified of a security breach at one of our vendors, Blackbaud. According to Blackbaud, data accessed by the cybercriminal may have contained public information such as name, title, date of birth, spouse, phone numbers, gender and addresses. Blackbaud has reported that no other information was compromised.

  • Members of Kent State University’s Design Innovation Initiative are forging creative collaborations with local and regional organizations and funders as they work toward the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Kent State University College of Nursing faculty members Jennifer Shanholtzer, MSN, RN, CHSE, lecturer and sim lab co-coordinator, and Jeremy Jarzembak, MA, BSN, BS, RN, senior lector and sim lab co-coordinator, were participating in a virtual faculty meeting about the COVID-19 pandemic last week when an idea struck. “We kept thinking about the working ventilators hooked up to mannikins in The Olga A. Mural Simulation Lab in Henderson Hall,” said Jennifer. Jeremy agreed.


"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." -Winston S. Churchill

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