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Sally and Cathy Cahur, Ryan Miles, Prof Jerry Wong “Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Anderson Growing up in Cleveland, sisters Sally, Nancy, Cathy and Phyllis were encouraged to “speak” the language of music by their mother, who was an accompanist and singer for the Polish Club Chorus. She gave her daughters lessons in the hope of passing on to them a passion for music....

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Donor Mac McFarland and his scholarship recipient Brendan Evans   Lellan “Mac” McFarland has had a love affair with airplanes and aviation for most of his life. He joined the Air Force right after high school in 1955, and served as a crew chief on F-86 Sabre jets for four years, before joining Warner Swazey as a machinist. Over many subsequent years, Mac went on to college and earned a B.S. in...

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Kent State University President Beverly Warren (right) stands with Joseph and Frances Stevens, who established the Stevens Family Scholarship for Kent State’s College of Business Administration. Kent State University has received a $3.1 million gift for a College of Business Administration (COBA) scholarship endowment from the estate of Kent State alumnus Joseph Stevens. The Stevens Family Scholarship for the College of Business Administration was established by Joseph and Frances Stevens. Mr. Stevens earned a Bachelor of Business...

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Aerial Kent State University recently concluded its largest fundraising year in school history after securing $38.9 million in private support during Fiscal Year 2017. Among its highest priorities, the university focuses on raising funds to support scholarships and student-based programming, in alignment with the university strategic roadmap, which has a...

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Students involved with Kent State’s Campus Kitchen Project prepare meals for local community members in need. It’s clear that Kent State University’s many generous supporters significantly impact our students and that their giving has a significant, personal impact for them as well. You can read our donors’ inspiring stories here, but it’s important to know that many of our students are also inspiring philanthropists as well. The Kent State Office...

The Fashion School Kent State University has received a $2.5 million gift for its Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation of Hudson, Ohio. The gift will fund two initiatives: $1.5 million to endow a chair to support the Fashion School’s director and a matching grant of up to $1...

May 25, 2017, Photo of Kent State President Beverly Warren with Mary and Ted Gawlicki Kent State University’s Institute for Applied Linguistics has received a grant for $1 million from the Gawlicki Family Foundation of Hartford, Connecticut, to fund the development of a state-of-the-art distance learning translation studies program. The Institute for Applied Linguistics is a research and education program affiliated with the...

Pictured (left to right) are Barb Smith of KeyBank; Margot Copeland of KeyBank Foundation and Kent State Board of Trustees; Kent State student Jordan Wilkins; Kent State President Beverly Warren; and Kent State Foundation Board Chair Gary Brahler. KeyBank Foundation has granted $1 million to Kent State University to support programs to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students consistent with the university’s continued mission to help all students reach their full potential in earning a degree.  Attention to academic quality and student success...

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Amari ThomasIn the video below, Kent State University fashion merchandising major Amari Thomas explains how two academic scholarships are helping her to succeed inside and outside the classroom. To learn how you can make a difference for students, please visit www.GiveToKent.org/give. Thank you!    

Bert Crawford Header Image Fifteen years ago, Bert Crawford couldn’t have imagined spending a summer in Florence, Italy. Now a senior biology major at Kent State University at Stark, Bert spent his early years in and out of Cleveland-area foster homes. With a difficult past and an uncertain future, his view of the world was bleak, at best. That changed when he became part...