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.

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.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 1:25pm
"I am creating this scholarship to continue the legacy of my father’s diligent work helping empower those facing hardship with disabilities.”
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 1:20pm
“It always felt that Kent State and the English Department faculty ‘gave me my shoes,’ and so I feel strongly about giving back to help future generations succeed.”
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 1:13pm
“The success I have had has been a result of my classes in Sociology and Psychology at Kent State."
Members of Kent State University’s Undergraduate Student Government painted “Flashes Take Care of Flashes” on the Rock on Front Campus. (Photo credit: Lauren Novick, Tierra Moore and Kaelee Dingey)
Monday, March 30, 2020 - 3:52pm
Kent State University announced the creation of the Kent State Emergency Grant Fund that will help students who are unexpectedly finding themselves in financial need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
US Capital Building
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 10:46am
In December, Congress made sweeping changes to the U.S. retirement landscape. The SECURE Act, or “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement,” will affect nearly everyone. Here are two major changes.