Office of Institutional Advancement


Students walk toward the student center through the Murin Gardens near the Kent State Library.

Welcome to the Office of Institutional Advancement!

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill

Kent State University is Northeast Ohio’s No. 1 choice among public universities. With state support of the university providing less than 20 percent of its budget, the university relies on private support to ensure student success, enhance academic excellence and innovation, expand breakthrough research and provide contemporary, high-tech facilities for learning, study and research.

You can support a specific college or program, or you can choose to support an area of greatest need at Kent State. These areas include scholarships, our “ Foundations of Excellence” building campaign, our Annual Fund, or the general Area of Greatest Need fund.  No matter which area you choose to support, your gift will make an immediate and lasting impact on the people and potential of Kent State University.

Latest News

Scholarship recipient Angela Ehrich   Merit-based scholarship instrumental in helping student earn valuable degree

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. 


Gerald (Jerry) Payto Coming 'home" to leave a physical mark on Kent State University

Gerald (Jerry) Payto’s father taught him an important lesson early on in life. “He used to say, ‘You really don’t receive until you give,’” Jerry said. “That has stuck in my mind my whole life."

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Family of Flashes A Family of Flashes Gives Back

Dr. Geneva M. Damron and Dr. O. Rex Damron’s generosity helps give students’ dreams a fair chance to come true.

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Henrietta Glaus Study-abroad scholarship opens doors to personal growth for students

In 2013 shortly before his death, Cordell Glaus ‘51, endowed a study-abroad scholarship in honor of a professor.

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Charlie Thomas Charlie Thomas, Owner of Kent’s Iconic Ray’s Place, Pays It Forward

Charlie Thomas’ (’74 Marketing) mother graduated from high school and his dad finished eighth grade, so when Charlie was the second in his family to graduate from college (his older brother was the first), it was a personal accomplishment for him.

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