Merit-based scholarship instrumental in helping student earn valuable degree

Scholarship helps first-generation college student earn valuable degree without taking on overwhelming debt.

As a first-generation college student who grew up near campus, Angela Ehrich, psychology, ’17, and her family always viewed Kent State as her best chance to earn a valuable degree without taking on too much student debt.

“I started visiting campus on field trips when I was in eighth grade, and I always loved it here,” Angela says. “I took post-secondary classes as soon as I was able to in high school. That gave me a jump-start on credits when I entered as a freshman.”

Angela’s hard work paid off. She was accepted into Kent State’s Honors College, and is the recipient of a merit-based scholarship to assist with tuition expenses. Though she’s only a sophomore, Angela is already thinking about the future. She plans to graduate with University Honors, then go on to study clinical or school psychology in graduate school.

“There are so many opportunities at Kent State,” Angela says. “The more I get involved, the more I love it. I know this is where I truly belong and I couldn’t be happier to be a Golden Flash.” 

Angela serves as the president for the student philanthropy group FLASHanthropy, and she sits on the Department of Psychology Multicultural and Diversity Committee. She is also training to become a crime victim advocate through the City of Kent’s Townhall II program.

“Townhall II provides resources for victims of crimes, with a focus on women,” Angela explains. “I’m training on issues like dating violence and stalking, and I will work one-on-one with victims to provide moral support and access to services. It’s a great way to use what I’m learning in my psychology classes, too, in order to really help people,” she says.

We are constantly inspired by students like Angela who choose to build their futures here at Kent State. Join us in celebrating and supporting them! For information on how you can help transform the lives of our students, please visit our General Scholarship Fund page.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 03:21 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2022 11:37 AM
Katie Young, Associate Director, Annual Giving