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Success Stories

Jerry and Christie Payto

Coming 'Home' To Leave A Physical Mark On Kent State University

The continuing generosity of Gerald (Jerry) Payto ’68, and his wife, Christie, will leave a lasting physical mark on Kent State University. Read on to discover why they choose to give back, and what coming ‘home’ means to them.




Drs. Geneva and Rex Damron

A Family of Flashes Gives Back

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





 Kent State University FoE Website

Watch - Live! - A Renaissance at Kent State University

Institutional Advancement launches Foundations of Excellence website, providing viewers with live web cam coverage and many details about the changing face of Kent State University.


Charlie Thomas, Owner of 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.He was awarded a  $300 scholarship from an organization in his home town and still remembers how excited he was to receive that money to further his education. Read on to discover how he is paying it forward.

Joseph Rich is pictured with his sister, Anne Kirby, at the 2013 Kent State University Founders GalaHonoring his hero: Joseph Rich endows scholarship in his father's name

When your father is your hero, you want to honor him in any way you can. Joseph Rich found the perfect way to honor his. When deciding on a 2013 Christmas present for his father, Joseph, who is the Northern Ohio Sales Manager for Rockwell Automation, made the decision to establish The Gary Rich Endowed Scholarship for Applied Engineering.



All 16 International Students gathered at Rootstown High School for a day of observation and learning.

Kent State program introduces area students to world culture and benefits students globally

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services hosted 16 visiting scholars as part of the International Leaders in Education Program. This program provides teachers from different countries the opportunity to attend graduate-level courses and participate in other campus activities to help contribute to the improvement of teaching in their countries. This program also adds to the internationalization efforts for Ohio education by placing the scholars in internships at U.S. host schools.


 Aaron White

His Song Lives On

Aaron White joined the Saint Augustine Children’s Choir in the fourth grade, and he never stopped singing. Read this inspiring story about Aaron's family, who endowed a scholarship in his memory and honor, so his song could live on forever.