Division of Institutional Advancement | Kent State University

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. 


Presidential Speaker Series Dan Rather May 4, 2018

Dan Rather to Speak at Kent State University; Free and Open to Public

As part of Kent State’s Presidential Speaker Series, Dan Rather will speak at Kent State MAC Center Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free and open to the public but must be reserved; two tickets may be reserved per email address.

Bill and Trudy Ausfahl, Brooke Clucas and Kyle Anderson

Bill and Trudy Ausfahl’s Scholarships Positively Impact Students’ Finances and Future Purpose

EHHS scholarships benefitting science and math students, endowed by Bill and Trudy Ausfahl, will financially support students’ ability to attend Kent State in perpetuity. But their support is also having a lasting impact on the scholarship recipients’ future purpose as well.

04.10.18 Photo from Campus Kitchen at Kent State

Kent State’s Inaugural Philanthropy Week Filled with Contests, Celebrations and Gratitude

Kent State University has a long and rich history of service and philanthropy. It’s such an essential part of our university’s culture and success that beginning this year, we’re dedicating a week to celebrate it, and the people who support us.


10th Annual Alumni Day of Service

Flashes give back! The 10th Annual Kent State Alumni Day of Service will be held April 21. This day gives alumni the opportunity to share their Kent State pride, time, talents and collective power of volunteerism where they live, to make a difference in their own communities and around the globe. RSVP deadline is April 9. 

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.

Former Kent State University President Gives $1 Million to Scholarships

“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 right away when we interact with students and Kent State faculty.”

Kent State University President Beverly Warren presents Earl K. Miller, Ph.D., with a Kent State Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award during the Spring 2016 Commencement ceremony at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.

Alumnus Dr. Earl K. Miller Awards $2 Million Gift to Neuroscience and Psychology Programs at Kent State University

“The generosity of Earl and Marlene reflects their passion for Kent State’s brain health research,” said Kent State President Beverly Warren. “With their support, we will continue our multidisciplinary efforts to unlock the secrets of brain function and address the complex interaction of factors contributing to brain health.”

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Kent State’s 2017 Giving Tuesday Achieves Record-Breaking Success

"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 advancement at Kent State University.

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