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Priorities

Priorities

What Lies Ahead is Up to Us

Our purpose is to help students find theirs. No matter who they are or where they want to go, it’s up to us to open doors of opportunity. Through scholarship support, top-tier faculty and facilities, global education and high-impact experiences, our Golden Flashes will light up the future.

Prioritizing Student Success

Raising funds to align with scholarship needs is our first priority at Kent State, and ensures that we support our students from the day they receive their letter of acceptance to the day they receive their degree.

Expanding University Initiatives

Athletics successes and collaborative additions to the university —like the Brain Health Research Institute and Design Innovation Initiative—have elevated our reputation and cemented our place on the world stage.

Building the Future - Campus Improvements

Our physical spaces must reflect the innovative thinking, learning and creating that is happening inside. Imagine what we can accomplish if we give our minds room to grow in modern learning environments.   

280+

student participants in Rising Scholars program

100%

increased graduation rates since 2011

2X

increase the number of endowed employee positions

Making An Impact

Our students, alumni and donors all help make the world Forever Brighter. Learn more about some of our most impressive community members.

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Prioritizing Student Success

New Scholarship Funds For STEM Students

Kent State University has been awarded $1.5 million from the state of Ohio for the Choose Ohio First program that supports students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Aug. 08, 2022
Building the Future

Rocket Team Earns Top Competition Finish

Kent State’s High-Power Rocket Team was recognized at the 2022 Spaceport America Cup Awards Ceremony for its first place win in the 10,000 ft AGL apogee student researched and developed (SRAD) solid rocket propulsion system.

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Aug. 08, 2022
Building the Future

CAE Hosts Electric Vehicles Conference

Kent State’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) recently hosted the Northeast Ohio Manufacturing for EV Conference. This event featured industry experts and focused on the $400 billion electric vehicles supply chain.

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Jul. 31, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success

Rising Scholars Enjoy Summer Activities

Students in Kent State’s Rising Scholars Program were involved in a wide variety of activities, workshops and programs this summer as part of their yearlong participation in this immersive regional campus program.  

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Jul. 25, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success

New Police Officer Training Program Grant

Kent State’s Basic Police Officer Training Academy has received a grant to fund a program to increase the competency of cadets as well as to develop their communication skills during interactions with Black community members.  

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Jul. 22, 2022
Expanding University Initiatives

Professor Receives National Research Award

    Christa Porter, Ph.D., was awarded the Review of Research Award by the American Education Research Association (AERA) for her research article, “Understanding Influences of Development on Black Women’s Success in U.S. Colleges: A Synthesis of Literature." 

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Jul. 21, 2022
Building the Future

Flying Flashes Win Air Race Classic

Kent State’s Flying Flashes earned three first place prizes at the 45th Annual Air Race Classic held in Lakeland, Florida, in June. The team is composed of Laura Wilson, senior aeronautics major, and Alex Johnson, ’21, Professional Pilot program alumna.

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Jul. 06, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success

Senior Receives Fulbright Scholarship

In an impressive close to her undergraduate career, Kent State University Honors College senior Mallory Woods, ’22,  was recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Award (ETA).  

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Jul. 06, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success

Celebrating KSU Birthday With Giving Day

Kent State University celebrated its 112th birthday on May 19 by launching its first-ever Day of Giving and raising $65,000 from more than 350 alumni, friends and partners in 24 hours to support a variety of scholarships.

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Jun. 21, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success

Planned Gift to Support Student-Athletes

George Jenkins, ’63, and his wife Gina, recently established a planned gift to create the Gina and George Jenkins Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will give preference to students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly those from the Appal...

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Jun. 01, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success

William B. Risman Family Honored

The William B. Risman family was presented with the University Medallion Award during the May 14 Commencement Ceremony. The family was honored for its extraordinary devotion and support to the advancement of Kent State and all it serves.

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May. 25, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success

Spirit of Motherhood Program Grant

A new $100,000 grant from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation will support innovative work at Kent State to address preterm births and infant mortality among Black mothers in Northeast Ohio.

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May. 19, 2022

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