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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

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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Aug. 24, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success

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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Aug. 23, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives

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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Aug. 23, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success

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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Aug. 23, 2021
Building the Future

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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Aug. 16, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives

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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Aug. 16, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success

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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Aug. 04, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives

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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Aug. 03, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success

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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Aug. 03, 2021
Building the Future

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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Jul. 27, 2021
Prioritizing Student Success

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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May. 26, 2021
Expanding University Initiatives

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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May. 03, 2021

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