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.

Dean Denise A. Seachrist and Charlie Wentz at daughter Katie's wedding.
Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 11:13am
“If you have money to give, you want to touch as many lives as you can.” - Denise A. Seachrist, Ph.D., '93
Kathleen Rydar
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 4:05pm
For Kathleen Rydar, '67, '80 MA, receiving support while a student herself sparked a lifetime of giving back. “These investments tucked away during working years present a remarkable opportunity in retirement to give generously to my alma mater while reducing my tax burdens."
Kent State University's Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, home of the Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 12:25pm
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 preside...
Andrew Snyder, research program coordinator for Kent State University’s College of Public Health, is leading the first comprehensive Greater Akron LGBTQ+ specific Community Needs Assessment.
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 3:42pm
Kent State University has partnered with Greater Akron community organizations to conduct the first comprehensive and specific LGBTQ+ Community Needs Assessment (CNA). Efforts of this assessment focus on producing a better-informed public health system and improving the health an...
Photo from spring 2019 end-of-life simulation with the College of Nursing
Friday, February 12, 2021 - 4:18am
Faculty researchers from Kent State University’s College of Nursing were recently funded by the prestigious Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation with a yearlong President’s Grant award totaling $35,000. The goal of their study is to help ensure the competencies of new healthcare providers...
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...
Mindy and Gary Aleman with with former Flashes running back and and 2019 Kent State alumnus, Will Matthews, April 2019
Monday, October 5, 2020 - 2:12pm
“It really is all about Kent State’s wonderful students,” Mindy said. “Gary and I were able to pursue our dreams. These students deserve the opportunity to pursue their dreams and need help right now to do that.”
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...