Student Success Story

Class of 2024 collage of Gwen, Divine and Heather More than 21,200 people applied to be part of Kent State’s Class of 2024, and 3,819 are now members of the Golden Flash family. Who are they, and where do they come from? Three of every 10 students in the Kent State Class of 2024 are the first in their families to attend college, and combined, they hail from 39 states outside of Ohio and from the...

Kenzie Alge and Alex Johnson   Kenzie Alge, a Kent State University certified flight instructor and 2019 graduate, and Alex Johnson, a Kent State junior flight technology student, make up the Kent State team competing in the 2019 Air Race Classic that starts June 18 in Jackson, Tennessee. The team will fly a Cessna 172 S Model using Garmin navigation. ...

Megan Schinker, a senior at Stow-Munroe Falls High School, participated in the College Credit Plus Science Experience Internship Program at Kent State University Imagine being a 17-year-old high school student, and in your first semester of a geology research internship, your professor asks you to identify an extinct 300-million-year-old, tiny and unknown crustacean specimen. While most high school students would likely feel intimidated, Megan Schinker, then an ambitious Stow-Munroe Falls High School...

Mackenzie Bailey standing in front of a blue and gold wall Like most students, Mackenzie Bailey faced the typical challenges during the start of her academic career, including choosing a major and getting good grades. But that all paled in comparison to the devastating news she received her freshman year: her father had terminal cancer. “When I was home for winter break, he ended up passing away,” Ms....

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan displays the Congressional Award Silver Medal, presented to Kent State University nursing student Austin Croft in Henderson Hall, home of the College of Nursing. It’s not every day that a college student is awarded a medal or receives a special visit from a congressman. But that’s exactly what happened to a Kent State University student when he was honored for his initiative, achievement and service. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan presented Kent State nursing major Austin Croft...

After all she has overcome, Diamond Lauderdale credits Kent State with helping her reach her dreams. For Diamond Lauderdale, Kent State University is not only her chosen college, it is her new home. While growing up in Akron, Ohio, Ms. Lauderdale’s home life was challenging. She lived with her disabled father and worked two jobs to help make ends meet. Ms. Lauderdale’s father has been unable to walk for many years, and as she got older, her...

Student Elijah Kirkland-Boyce stands on the Kent State Ice Rink During his first year at Kent State University, Elijah Kirkland-Boyce realized that the road to the Dean’s List was a bumpy one, filled with twists and turns he never could have anticipated. Despite his best efforts, he received a D in a psychology course during his first semester. Instead of giving up, Mr. Kirkland-Boyce reached out. He started...

Kellie Miley standing among greenery and plants Kellie Miley is the first to admit, when she graduated from Rootstown High School in 2008, she was not ready for college. In high school, she barely cracked a book yet managed a 3.2 grade point average (GPA). Getting by with little effort changed when she started as a freshman at Kent State University. By the end of the year, Ms. Miley found...

Kent State University hospitality management senior Ashley Foster (right) spent a week working with Food Network celebrity chef Cat Cora (left). (Photo provided by Ashley Foster) Kent State University senior Ashley Foster has known since third grade that she wanted a career as a chef. The 20-year-old hospitality management major got a little closer to her dream over the summer when she spent a week training with celebrity chef Cat Cora at the chef’s headquarters in Santa Barbara,...

Woman standing in front of the Taj Mahal Mariah Gray did not waste any time. When she was asked to share a weekend experience, she knew exactly what to say. “I went to an Indian festival with my roommate,” she said with a smile to a room of Kent State University Student Ambassadors. “It was an ancient tradition that was totally outside of my culture. I dressed the part, ate the...