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.

Shown is a photo taken by war photojournalist and author Ben Brody. Brody is bringing his work to Kent State University through his exhibit, “A Second Moon.”
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 2:20pm
War photojournalist and author Ben Brody is bringing his work to Kent State through his exhibit, “A Second Moon.” The exhibit, curated by Moema Furtado, an installation artist and independent curator, runs from March 5-15 at the Crawford Gallery in the Center for Visual Arts.
Kent State University’s Giving Tuesday raised more than $1.6 million to support student success, keeping Kent State students on track to their ultimate goal of obtaining their degree.
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 11:33am
Kent State University’s Giving Tuesday 2019 raised more than $1.6 million when it ended on Dec. 3 at 11:59 p.m., shattering the previous year’s record of $1.03 million. 
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 8:31am
Funds raised during this month-long celebration of giving support scholarships, research opportunities, educational programs, athletic teams and more.
Catherine and Jim
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 11:47am
Catherin Hackney and her husband, John, are "paying it forward" to assist others. Watch their video story to learn more.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 11:24am
“We never, ever thought that the technology would ever be in such wide use as it is today. It just never occurred to us." - Jerry Pohmurski
Phillip Grant
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 2:11pm
Senior Journalism and Mass Communications major, Phillip Grant, ’20, believes in striving to be the best version of himself. Earning the Dennis G. Cipriany Endowed Scholarship in Journalism and Mass Communication confirmed for him that he has the potential to be great.
Linda McDonald, M.A. ’86, Ph.D. ’98
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 2:00pm
“It’s important to both give now and leave a gift after we’re gone – a legacy of some sort. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but if everybody gave something it would make a big difference to the university and the students.”
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 1:55pm
"I feel that if I can help at least one student succeed in their career, I need to do that. Since I have the financial resources to be able to do it, then why not?"
Kent State President Todd Diacon (third from left) is joined by FedEx officials and members of the Kent State community to unveil the new FedEx Aeronautics and Academic Center.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 1:25pm
Kent State University’s new FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center provides a world-class training ground to help aviation students and future pilots soar to even greater achievements.
The Kent State University Alumni Association will honor seven alumni with its 2019 Alumni Awards.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 10:58am
The Kent State University Alumni Association is proud to announce its 2019 Alumni Award recipients. Recipients are chosen based on their exceptional contributions in their chosen profession, in their communities and at Kent State.