Division of Institutional Advancement

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. 


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)

Talk Show Host and Former Kent State Student Steve Harvey Pays It Forward

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, as well as highlighting the students on a segment of his show.

Kent State at Ashtabula Recipients of the Phillip C. and Mary Lou Herbert Scholarship

Nine Kent State Ashtabula Students Receive Herbert Scholarship

"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.

FedEx Pledges to Build New Aeronautics Academic Center at Kent State Through Philanthropic Support

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

Kent State University Dedicates The John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design

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 at Kent State University was officially named “The John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design.” Hundreds of students, staff, faculty, family and friends of the Elliots attended to help celebrate this remarkable occasion.

Roe Green May 2018

Roe Green Foundation Makes $2.2 Million Gift to Fund Visiting Director Series at Kent State

“With the support of the Roe Green Foundation, the university will continue to serve Roe’s vision and honor her legacy with creative excellence,” said John Crawford-Spinelli, dean of the College of the Arts at Kent State.

Kent State wrestler, Lane Hinkle, competing on the mat for the Flashes

Bruno G. Santone Wrestling Scholarship Endowment Helps Golden Flash Lane Hinkle Pursue His Dream

“I am so grateful and appreciative of my scholarship ... I wish I could thank Mr. Santone in person, to tell him how much it means to me.” - Kent State student, Lane Hinkle

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