The Leadership Circle

The Leadership Circle unites valued supporters who drive innovation, strengthen academics, create transformational learning experiences and ensure that Kent State University remains accessible for students from all walks of life.

With an annual gift of $1,000 or more, each Leadership Circle supporter makes a vital impact on the university’s drive toward a distinctive future where passion meets purpose. Leadership Circle members receive invitations to exclusive events, special communications from university leaders and more!

Your gift will immediately impact hardworking students like those highlighted below.

Student Success

Alexis B.

“Spring semester of freshman year, I was life-flighted to the hospital and spent nine days on a ventilator. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that required 11 rounds of chemotherapy, and I was so inspired by my doctors and nurses through it all. I returned to Kent with a renewed sense of purpose, and a generous scholarship has allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a pediatric oncologist. I’ll never be able to directly repay my scholarship donors, but I try to give back in small ways every day. I want to be a light, especially for children struggling with illness.”

Student Success

Kasey W.

“When the housing crisis happened in 2008, my family took a pretty hard hit. My dad worked in the construction business, and it looked like I would never be able to go to college. Luckily, a scholarship from Kent State allowed me to pursue my dream. Philanthropy became my passion, and I started working at the PhoneCenter to reach out to alumni. I made it a personal goal to fundraise every penny Kent State had provided me in order to help another student have the same experience – and I’m proud to say I’ve doubled it!”

Exceptional Facilities

Deborah T.

“I was nearly finished with my nursing degree when Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit my home in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Suddenly, I had to choose between paying for tuition or paying for a generator and food for my family. I called Kent State to withdraw… but they wouldn’t let me! Instead, the College of Nursing helped me through an emergency scholarship funded by alumni donors. I was ecstatic! It meant to me that I’m part of the Kent State family more than anything else. They saved me from almost quitting – they saved my future.”


Contact us:
Katie Young, Director of Leadership Annual Giving