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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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Expanding University Initiatives

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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Nov. 17, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success

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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Nov. 15, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success

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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Nov. 08, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success

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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Nov. 02, 2021
Building the Future

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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Oct. 19, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives

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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Oct. 18, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives

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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Oct. 05, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success

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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Oct. 04, 2021
Building the Future

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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Sep. 30, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success

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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Sep. 20, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success

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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Aug. 25, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success

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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Aug. 25, 2021

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Whether your gift supports scholarships, programs or new campus buildings, your generosity will help make our students’ futures Forever Brighter.