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Prioritizing Student Success

Alumni Profile - Ben Wolford, '11

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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Friday, January 27, 2023
Prioritizing Student Success

Student Success Exceeds Initial Goal

The Forever Brighter campaign’s Prioritizing Student Success priority has exceeded its initial fundraising goal of $100 million in the first 14 months of the public campaign. The entire campaign’s overall goal is to raise $350 million to support student success, university initiatives and building projects.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2023
Expanding University Initiatives

Neuroscience Symposium Attracts Experts

Kent State Brain Health Research Institute’s 10th Annual Neuroscience Symposium features leading neuroscience experts and brings top researchers to the Kent Campus.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Expanding University Initiatives, Brain Health Research Institute

Supporting Scientific Discovery

This Giving Tuesday Jacqueline Bresnahan, ’68, Ph.D., is contributing the matching funds for the Brain Health Research Institute Undergraduate Fellows Program in honor of the most influential mentor in her life, her mother.

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Monday, October 31, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success, Enhancing Experiences Scholarships

A Healthier World Through Study Abroad

As a child, Heather Mikulski, ’08, Ph.D. ’21, hoped to find a cure for diabetes. She witnessed how the disease affected family members and believed she could make a difference. Over time, that broadened to an interest in public health.

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Monday, October 24, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success, Enhancing Experiences Scholarships

American Academy’s First Graduate

Kalatai Alberti, ’22, enrolled in the American Academy (AA) in Brazil when it launched in 2018. AA is a dual-enrollment program offered jointly at Kent State University and the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana (PUCPR), located in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.

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Monday, August 15, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

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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Monday, August 08, 2022
Building the Future, College of Aeronautics and Engineering

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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Monday, August 08, 2022
Building the Future, College of Aeronautics and Engineering

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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Sunday, July 31, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

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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Monday, July 25, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

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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Friday, July 22, 2022
Expanding University Initiatives, Endowing Employee Talent

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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Thursday, July 21, 2022
Building the Future, College of Aeronautics and Engineering

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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Wednesday, July 06, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success, Rewarding Achievement Scholarships

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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Wednesday, July 06, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

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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Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success, Rewarding Achievement Scholarships, Expanding University Initiatives, Intercollegiate Athletics

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 Appalachian region.

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Wednesday, June 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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Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

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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Thursday, May 19, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

Rising Scholars Harry Potter STEM Workshop

Kent State University Rising Scholars students from various Columbiana County high schools participated in a Harry Potter themed STEM spring workshop at East Liverpool High School in March.

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Monday, May 02, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success

Ukrainian Support Fund Created

The newly created Ukrainian Scholar Support Fund helps Ukrainian scientists, scholars and students access higher education opportunities in the U.S. This includes an international visitor stipend, travel costs and the necessary support upon arrival to the U.S.

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Friday, April 29, 2022
Building the Future, Crawford Hall

Kent State Breaks Ground on Crawford Hall

Kent State broke ground on Crawford Hall, future home of the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship, on March 8. The ceremony was attended by more than 400 people, including university officials, donors, alumni, students, elected officials and special guests.

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Monday, March 14, 2022
Expanding University Initiatives, Brain Health Research Institute

New Molecule Advances Brain Research

An international team of researchers has reported the creation of an artificial molecule that has the potential to revolutionize nanotechnology and potentially lead to learning more about the causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022
Expanding University Initiatives, Brain Health Research Institute

Alumnus Supports Brain Health Research

Earl K. Miller, ’85, Ph.D., and his wife Marlene M. Wicherski have pledged $2 million to support research programs and students in Kent State University’s Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI).

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Thursday, February 24, 2022
Building the Future, Crawford Hall

Online MBA Program Ranked #23

Kent State’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers one of the nation's most outstanding online MBA programs, according to The Princeton Review®.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

Team LeBron Wins for I Promise Scholars

Team LeBron had a big win in the NBA All-Star game and an enormous win for Kent State’s I Promise Scholars, a program that provides higher education opportunities for underserved students in Northeast Ohio.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022
Expanding University Initiatives, Intercollegiate Athletics

Senior Wins Humanitarian Award

Senior scholarship recipient Isaac Vance, ’22, received the Humanitarian Award at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl football game in late December. 

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Building the Future, Crawford Hall

Board Approves Crawford Hall Spaces

Designated spaces in the new Crawford Hall building to be constructed on the Kent State campus to house the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship have been approved by the Board of Trustees.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Expanding University Initiatives, Building the Future

Giving Tuesday Giving Sets Record

Kent State’s Giving Tuesday Campaign concluded on Nov. 30 with a record setting $7,712,753+ raised from more than 3,000 donors who generously donated to make the world Forever Brighter for our students.

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Monday, December 06, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships, Enhancing Experiences Scholarships

Significant Giving Tuesday Donations

Kent State’s Giving Tuesday Campaign that began in early November has already received countless gifts including the first-ever in-kind gift and a number of significant planned gifts.

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Monday, November 22, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Brain Health Research Institute

Brain Health Grand Opening

The Brain Health Research Institute celebrated the grand opening of its new lab spaces in November with an afternoon of activities that included a keynote presentation, space dedication, tours and student research demonstrations.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships, Expanding University Initiatives, Design Innovation Initiative, Building the Future, College of Aeronautics and Engineering

First-Gen Student Paves His Own Path

Delonte Goodman, ’22, interned at NASA in high school and is the first member of his family to attend college. He is pursuing a degree in mechatronics engineering while participating in research and serving as a Design Innovation Fellow.

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Monday, November 15, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

Adult Students and Veterans Access

Kent State will establish an Educational Opportunity Center on the Kent Campus to serve 850 low-income adult students and veterans in this region, providing counseling, assistance with financial aid, testing and more.

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Monday, November 08, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Expanding University Initiatives, Building the Future

Giving Tuesday Campaign Launches

Kent State University, which has gained national recognition for its creative and successful Giving Tuesday campaigns, launched its month-long celebration of philanthropy on Nov. 1.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2021
Building the Future, Crawford Hall

Historic Gift Names College and Building

The largest single philanthropic gift in Kent State University history will complete the capital campaign to enable the construction of a new building for the college on the university’s Kent Campus.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Design Innovation Initiative

DI Maker Program Is Among World’s Best

Kent State’s Design Innovation Maker Program has been included in Newsweek’s 2021 list of Best Maker Schools in Higher Education that includes 200 universities worldwide.

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Monday, October 18, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Brain Health Research Institute

SkyHack 3.0 - Design Innovation Challenge

SkyHack 3.0 features student teams who will create an interactive toy ‘universe’ based on the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII and their training base, Avenger Field.
 

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Tuesday, October 05, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Expanding University Initiatives, Building the Future

University Launches Fundraising Campaign

Kent State University publicly launched a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign Saturday, Oct. 2, during a special halftime announcement at the Homecoming football game.

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Monday, October 04, 2021
Building the Future, College of Aeronautics and Engineering

Timken Foundation Donates Lead Gift

The Timken Foundation of Canton has donated a $1.5 million gift to the College of Aeronautics and Engineering Building expansion project. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Oct. 1 to officially begin this project that will add 80 percent more space to the college’s facilities.

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Thursday, September 30, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships, Rewarding Achievement Scholarships

Historic $10 Million Philanthropic Gift

The Podiatry Foundation has made an historic $10 million donation to Kent State to secure the financial and academic future of Ohio’s only podiatry college – Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine.

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Monday, September 20, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships, Fostering Completion Scholarships

Scholarships Make Graduation Possible

Finances had become tight as Ciana White, ’21, was preparing to start the final semester of her senior year. She and her mother worried how they would make the next tuition payment.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Enhancing Experiences Scholarships

Study Abroad Changes Minds

Alberto traveled to Xi’an, China, in 2019 and spent a month studying Business Administration and Cross-Cultural Communication. “I learned so much during this trip, especially about Chinese culture and about the way Chinese people do business,” he said.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Brain Health Research Institute

Researching Fertility and the Brain

Aleisha Moore, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in Kent State’s Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI), believes the origin for the leading cause of infertility in women will be found in the brain.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Building the Future, College of Aeronautics and Engineering

Passionate About Aerospace Engineering

Sydney Bihn, ’20, became the first woman to graduate from Kent State’s Aerospace Engineering Program and also became a third-generation engineer in her family.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Intercollegiate Athletics

From Running Back to Entrepreneur

Will Matthews, ’19, harnessed that same dedication he exhibited in his athletic endeavors on the gridiron and channeled them into his Southern Comfort Kitchen food truck.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Rewarding Achievement Scholarships

Goldwater Scholarship Recipient

Gracen Gerbig, ’20, saw the Goldwater Scholarship as a representation of the goals she was working toward throughout her Kent State career studying cellular and molecular biology. 

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Design Innovation Initiative

DI Students Receive BioDesign Award

Two dozen students from seven different majors (including biology, fashion, architecture, environmental studies, and computer technology) worked in teams to create biodesign projects.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

First-Generation Student Success

“Having scholarships allowed me to devote more time to school and extracurriculars. Scholarships truly change the lives of students like me,” said John McDermott, ’20.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

Rising Scholars Makes College a Reality

“The Rising Scholars program made it seem like I was made to go to college, that I was smart enough and that I was good enough,” Erin said.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Fostering Completion Scholarships

Scholarship Ensures Graduation

Business student receives Last Dollar Scholarship support to ensure she receives her degree in business management.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Endowing Employee Talent

Donor Funds Visiting Director Series

 The Roe Green Foundation donated $2.2 million to support The Roe Green Visiting Director Series within Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance that invites a guest professional director each year to work in residency with students.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Enhancing Experiences Scholarships

Increasing Cultural Competency

Kent State at Salem nursing and early childhood education majors have been visiting the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota since 2011 as part of an experiential learning program. 

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Design Innovation Initiative

Design Innovation Connects Students

The Design Innovation Hub connects students, faculty and the community to a network of existing spaces, or DI Nodes, makerspaces and resource laboratories across the university. 

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Fostering Completion Scholarships

Scholarship Helps Dream Come True

When I discovered that I might not be able to graduate, I fell apart. Then I received a Last Dollar Scholarship.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Intercollegiate Athletics

Supporting Our Student-Athletes

While a student-athlete, Bill Asbury fell ill with acute renal failure; Kent State supported him then, and now Bill and wife Deborah support current Golden Flash student-athletes.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Rewarding Achievement Scholarships

Columbiana Student Is Goldwater Scholar

Hayley Shasteen, ’21,  received a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The foundation awards scholarships annually to students from across the country studying mathematics, natural science or engineering.

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Monday, August 23, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Endowing Employee Talent

Alumnus Creates Professorship

George R. Newkome, Ph.D., and his wife, Mary Jane Saunders, Ph.D., pledged $1 million to fund this first-ever professorship in materials science in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Newkome is a two-time Kent State alumnus.

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Monday, August 23, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Rewarding Achievement Scholarships

Alumna Receives Fulbright Grant

Sarah Schlosser, ’17, is traveling to India to work with craftspeople in order to develop a better understanding and document traditional methods of natural dyeing textiles. This experience is a result of Sarah receiving a prestigious Fulbright Study/Research grant.

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Monday, August 23, 2021
Building the Future, College of Aeronautics and Engineering

Using Hands-On Learning

Michael Parker, ’20, received seven scholarships during his Kent State experience. “The scholarships that I received gave me the financial security I needed to pursue my goal of becoming an engineer,” he said.

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Monday, August 16, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Design Innovation Initiative

Celebrating Liberty

Members of Kent State’s Design Innovation Initiative created a 3D-printed replica of the Liberty of Poetry statue that enabled visitors to see the Italian predecessor to the U.S. Statue of Liberty.

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Monday, August 16, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

The Sky is Just the Starting Point

Jacob G. received scholarship support to attend Kent State as an honors student, studying aerospace engineering and physics to pursue his dream of space exploration.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Brain Health Research Institute

Researcher Studies Alzheimer’s Disease

Kent State University psychology professor John Gunstad, Ph.D., received a grant of nearly $2.6 million from the National Institutes of Health to expand his Alzheimer’s disease research into a national study.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Enhancing Experiences Scholarships

Tyshaia Earnest, ’20, Named Top Scholar

Tyshaia Earnest, BS ’20, was the top scholar among 650 applicants and was recognized at the Fashion Scholarship Fund Gala in New York City, receiving a $35,000 scholarship.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2021
Building the Future, Crawford Hall

New Crawford Hall Building

The new Crawford Hall Building will provide a larger, tech-forward, interactive space on campus for our future business leaders who will transform their industries. 

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Enhancing Experiences Scholarships

Increasing Student’s Global Awareness

“As a first-generation college student, these scholarships were essential to my success,” said Caya Smarr, ’19, who completed nine study away experiences at KSU.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Endowing Employee Talent

Giving Back and Creating a Legacy

Dr. James L. Raper, ’79, chose to support Kent State students with a planned gift that includes an endowed fund and endowed professorship that support nursing research and education.

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Monday, May 03, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

I Promise Students Receive Scholarships

Kent State has opened the gates of opportunity for students in the I Promise Program by providing free tuition for four years as well as one year of free room and board.

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Monday, May 03, 2021
Building the Future, College of Aeronautics and Engineering

New Wing for Engineering Building

An addition to the College of Aeronautics and Engineering Building will accommodate a dramatic growth in student enrollment by adding 50 percent more space to the existing building.

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Saturday, May 01, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Endowing Employee Talent

Researcher Designs Safer Trauma Rooms

Research awarded a $2.4 million grant to study how to use design as a tool to improve efficient care in Level I trauma rooms that stabilize and save the lives of patients. 

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives, Brain Health Research Institute

Smartbike Eases Parkinson’s Symptoms

A Kent State researcher has designed a bicycle specially tailored to Parkinson’s patients. The bike is based on a tandem bicycle model – a bike ridden by two people.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success, Fostering Completion Scholarships

Emergency Grant Fund Provides Support

“The idea of Flashes taking care of Flashes means so much to me,” said Shelbee Stidom, ’22, about receiving an emergency grant. “This community has pulled through for me and my family.” 

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Monday, August 17, 2020
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

Learning Leadership and Philanthropy

“Being part of Rising Scholars taught me about career paths that I never would have thought of on my own,” said Morgan Briand, ’22. “Rising Scholars has changed my life.”

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Monday, August 17, 2020
Building the Future, Crawford Hall

Alumnus Supports New Building

Bob Archer, MBA, ’61 began his Kent State University journey as a result of a tuition assistance program that his first employer, The Hoover Company, provided as a benefit.  “My career goal was to pursue management positions and someday own my own company,” said Bob.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

From Kent State to Harvard University

Ya’el Courtney, ’19, always knew she wanted to go to college, but her life took an unexpected turn when she was 15-years-old and found herself in foster care and moving frequently.

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Monday, May 18, 2020
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

Cardiologist’s Dream Began at Kent State

“I think it’s important to pay that back,” said Dr. Tim Feltes, ’77. “Someone took the time to help me through my education and it’s only fair for me to do the same.”  

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Friday, March 27, 2020
Prioritizing Student Success, Fostering Completion Scholarships

Student Crosses Finish Line

“The Last Dollar Scholarship helped me cross the finish line and I couldn’t have made it any other way,” said Steven Smith, ’19. “This scholarship helped me when I needed it most.”

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Thursday, March 26, 2020
Prioritizing Student Success, Ensuring Access Scholarships

Alumna’s Gift Inspires Future Teachers

The Michele M. Stoffan Endowed Scholarship inspires and supports future teachers interested in providing the highest quality of instruction in high poverty settings. 

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Thursday, March 26, 2020