Kent State University is Northeast Ohio’s No. 1 choice among public universities. With state support of the university providing less than 20% of its budget, the university relies on private support to ensure student success, enhance academic excellence and innovation, expand breakthrough research, and provide contemporary, high-tech facilities for learning, study and research.

Your choices of where and how to support Kent State students, our vision and our mission are endless, and include areas such as scholarships; Study Abroad and Study Away programs; numerous facilities initiatives such as our efforts to improve, enhance and expand our Aerospace and Engineering facilities; a specific college or program close to your heart; or even the general "Area of Greatest Need" fund. No matter which area you choose to support, your gift will make an immediate and lasting impact on the people and potential of Kent State. See the stories below to read more about the impact philanthropy has on Kent State and our students. 

The Podiatry Foundation, located in Independence, Ohio, is laying the groundwork to help secure the financial and academic future of Ohio’s only podiatry college – Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine.

  • Kent State University President Todd Diacon today announced the appointment of Valoree Vargo to the position of vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement, effective Aug. 1, 2021. Vargo has served the university since 2010 as the associate chief of staff in the president’s office, the senior associate vice president for the Division of Institutional Advancement (now the Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement) and as the interim vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement since June 2020.

  • David and Janet Dix, ’71, MEd, ’76, PhD, ’92, have been longtime supporters of Kent State University and have each served on various university boards. An alumnus of Oberlin College, David holds a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University, and a law degree from the University of Akron; Janet earned a bachelor’s degree, a Master of Education degree, and doctorate in counseling and psychology, all from Kent State.


"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." -Winston S. Churchill

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