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Bringing donors and the students they support together over lunch or dinner is one of the best ways we know to say “thank you.” Here are a few stories about our generous benefactors and the students whose lives they’ve touched, and changed, for the better.


Henrietta Glaus ’62, ’66 and ’73, and KSU student, Christina Ford

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. A year later, his wife met the first recipient of the scholarship endowed by her late husband, and heard first-hand what a profound impact it had on this student’s life.

Students, faculty and staff express gratitude to Kent State supporters on first Thank A Giver Day.Kent State University expresses gratitude to supporters in a monumental way

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." - William Arthur Ward

Students, faculty, staff and other members of the university community show their gratitude to the university’s supporters in many ways. Always seeking new ways to make that gratitude more visible, the departments of Annual Giving and Donor Services partnered with FLASHanthropy, a student organization, to provide a communal way for everyone to express their gratitude.

Mary Brown and Katie Tuscano

Mary and Reed Brown are helping students follow their dreams

"You may be only one person in this world, but to one person at one time, you are the world." – Anonymous 

Right now, Mary Brown, '53,'66, is the world to Kent State University junior conservation major and honors student, Katie Tuscano. Because of the Mary and Reed Brown Founders Scholarship in Biology, which Mary and her late husband Reed endowed, the tremendous financial burden of paying for college has been lifted from Katie's shoulders.




KSU Alumnus, Ann Wagnitz, Supports Tomorrow's Educators

Being a full-time student, wife and mother to a two-year-old is challenging. But Kent State University student, Jessica Pugliese, still anticipates graduating in Spring 2015. Jessica’s hard work and dedication to her future are two reasons her goal is in sight. But another tremendous factor of her success is the scholarships she has received from Kent State University, made possible by the generosity of donors like Kent State alumna, (Katherine) Ann Wagnitz.