Renaissance Scholars Society

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Transforming Global Education

Renaissance Scholars Society


Kent State University has a longstanding tradition of excellence in global education. As we celebrate 50 years of study abroad at our flagship program in Florence, Italy, we have set our sights on building the largest endowment in university history, the Kent State Global Education Endowment. This endowment will support study abroad experiences and open doors for more Kent State students than ever before. And once it is fully funded, every incoming undergraduate student will have access to a study abroad scholarship.

Initial donors to the Global Education Endowment will be welcomed into the Renaissance Scholars Society. They will receive exclusive travel and study abroad opportunities, starting with this once-in-a-lifetime event in Florence in October of 2023.

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Celebrating 50 Years in Florence 

History Comes Alive

During the Florence 50th Anniversary Donor Gala, illustrious historian Rocky Ruggario will bring Florentine history to life with our students and performers of the Teatro Verdi and Orchestra della Toscana. 

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The Experience of a Lifetime

As a Renaissance Scholar, you will experience Florence like never before. Guided by Kent State and Italian scholars, step back in time as you walk the same streets as the great masters.  

Invitations to the Renaissance Scholars Society are exclusive. Space for the Florence 2023 trip is extremely limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. To discuss your membership in the society, please contact Jodi Gabor at 330-672-5012 or

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