Helping Students Open Their Minds and Shape the World

At Kent State University, we open minds, forge new paths and transform the world around us. We do this not alone, but through the purposeful generosity of others.

Gifts to Kent State University help students expand their horizons and become more than they ever imagined. These gifts help our students grow from being students of life into persons of global impact after graduation.

Donors choose exactly where they want their contributions to go. Gifts can enhance buildings, support programs or impact research outcomes. Where donations normally have the biggest impact, however, is on the lives of students and their families.

Each and every gift to Kent State has an impact, no matter the size. With more than 1,100 donor-funded scholarships awarded each year, every donation changes lives. A recent scholarship recipient who moved in with her grandparents after her parents passed away, expressed this impact on her life: "This scholarship has taken so much stress off my grandparents and me. I will strive to represent my donor everyday by being the best student I can be."

And while giving has a tremendous impact on recipients, it has an equally profound impact on donors themselves. As one Kent State supporter said, "If an opportunity arises to make a donation, seize the moment. Be generous, as the joy it brings to others and to you is well worth the investment."

Together, we help our students open their minds and shape the world. Together, we are a force for the future. Together, we ensure the global impact of Golden Flashes is immeasurable.

Read the stories below to learn about the positive impact that giving has on Kent State, our students and our generous donors.

2018 Firestone Immersive Summer Camp
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 10:17am
Kent State University and Akron-area foundations have partnered to support students in the Greater Akron community in a time of dire need through a collaboration that prioritizes positive regional impact and improving lives through education. 
Kent State’s Giving Tuesday campaign raises funds to keep students on track to graduation, like the students pictured here who are safely participating in their class while adhering to the university’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 11:23am
Kent State launched its month-long celebration of philanthropy, Giving Tuesday, on Nov. 9 and highlighted a fundamental belief that “Flashes Take Care of Flashes.”
Graphic for Kent State Alumni Awards
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:08pm
Kent State University is proud to announce its 2020 Alumni Award recipients. Recipients are chosen based on their exceptional contributions in their chosen profession, in their communities and at Kent State. Sponsored by the alumni association, the Alumni Awards are the universit...
Jay and Joanie Solomon on a tiny island in Scotland's Inner Hebrides 2018
Monday, October 5, 2020 - 1:05pm
“I know how hard it is when you’re worried about being able to pay for whatever is coming up,” said Jay Solomon, ’61.  “Dollars were always short for me. I was fortunate to be able to find jobs to take care of that, but that doesn’t always happen. I identify with the ‘Last Dollar...
Dee Dee Miller
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 11:48am
“We are firm believers in helping people attain their educational goals,... Our goal in establishing the Dee Dee Miller Nursing Scholarship is to provide the medical world with more nurses like Dee.," Bill Miller said.
A student uses a computer.
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 2:16pm
We all know the world has changed, perhaps forever. The overall lesson of the COVID- 19 pandemic is that we need a public health workforce, prepared at all levels, to monitor the world for emerging infectious diseases, to prevent the spread of highly contagious diseases, to devel...
Kent Campus
Monday, August 3, 2020 - 4:16pm
Kent State University was recently notified of a security breach at one of our vendors, Blackbaud. According to Blackbaud, data accessed by the cybercriminal may have contained public information such as name, title, date of birth, spouse, phone numbers, gender and addresses. Bla...
J.R. Campbell, executive director of Kent State University’s Design Innovation Initiative, tries on a face shield produced by the Kent State team.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 9:39am
Members of Kent State University’s Design Innovation Initiative are forging creative collaborations with local and regional organizations and funders as they work toward the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of Kent State University's Undergraduate Student Government Painted "Flashes Take Care of Flashes" on the Rock on Front Campus.
Friday, June 5, 2020 - 1:31pm
The Kent State Emergency Grant Fund is helping students meet financial challenges.
Bob Archer, '61
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 1:40pm
Bob's 40 year philanthropic support of Kent State began in 1976 with a $15 gift, culminating in his recent $1 million commitment to the new College of Business Administration building to name The Robert M. and Janet L. Archer/Kent Watersports Trading Lab.