Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships & Awards for Students & Faculty


Marty Erbaugh Student Entrepreneur Scholarship

Marty Erbaugh scholarship awardees


Congratulations to our Spring 2024 recipients!

  • Naveah Harvey - Fashion Design
  • Micah Beck - Digital Media Production
  • Shima Asadi - Translation Studies, Ph.D.
  • Steven Ridgeway - Fashion Design

This student scholarship will recognize outstanding, motivated graduate or undergraduate Kent State students who are regular clients of LaunchNET. This scholarship is for student entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs that show passion and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship but also the foresight to utilize mentoring and resources to support their entrepreneurial journeys. Students do not need to specifically have a launched venture.

LaunchNET Kent State’s 2019 Giving Tuesday campaign successfully funded the new Marty Erbaugh Student Entrepreneur Scholarship. In honor of Marty Erbaugh, our friend and one of LaunchNET's first advisory board members, we are excited to create a scholarship in his name. Marty was a trusted mentor and friend to LaunchNET staff and clients. Marty was also LaunchNET's mentor of the year for 2017-2018.



Paul L. Pfeiffer Endowed Entrepreneurship Award 

The Paul L. Pfeiffer Student Award is a for graduate or undergraduate Kent State University student who is a regular client of LaunchNET Kent State. Student applicant should be engaged in their venture project with LaunchNET through multiple stages. Students can come from any major and must have a 2.5 GPA. The student must have a launched venture.

Paul L. Pfeiffer was the grandfather of longtime LaunchNET advisory board member Brent Pfeiffer, who has been instrumental in helping establish this award. Paul was a long-time business faculty member at Kent State who knew the importance of mentoring and working with student entrepreneurs outside the classroom. LaunchNET is thrilled to be able to honor our student entrepreneur with these awards.



Paul L. Pfeiffer Mentor Award

LaunchNET is seeking nominations for the 2024 Paul L. Pfeiffer Mentor Award. An entrepreneurial Kent State faculty or staff member will be recognized with a Mentor Award for working with and supporting student innovators and entrepreneurs beyond the classroom.

Kent State students who are LaunchNET clients can nominate a faculty or staff member, who will be contacted and asked to reply with a written statement, examples of their student support, work beyond KSU, and student surveys from their two most recent semesters. The honoree will be selected by a LaunchNET committee. (LaunchNET staff members are not eligible)

Thank you to our generous supporters that made these awards possible!