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Kent State Student Philanthropy Campaign Nearing Goal

Posted Dec, 2, 2011

Kent State’s Campaign for Change, the university’s student philanthropy initiative, is nearing its goal of 475 donors with only two weeks left in the fall 2011 campaign. Two student donors, Katharine Blind and Diane Baldridge, were recently recognized for their donations to the Campaign for Change with separate $500 book awards.

Now in its fifth year, the Campaign for Change enlists student volunteers to educate their peers about the impact of private support on their education. Over the course of the fall semester, students are encouraged to “pay it forward” by making a gift to support an endowed scholarship fund. Undergraduate student donors to the Campaign become eligible for one of eight $500 book awards which are randomly selected and funded by the Department of Annual Giving. All full-time undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for the $1,250 Campaign for Change scholarship on the Student Financial Aid web site.

Students have until Dec. 16, 2011 to contribute to the Campaign and be eligible for one of the remaining six book awards.

Since its launch in 2007, the Campaign for Change has raised nearly $50,000 from students, parents, faculty and staff. Students have made individual gifts that range from $1 to $200. Last fall, 474 students contributed a total $2,349 to the Campaign, marking a 124 percent increase in gifts and 57 percent increase in student participation since 2007.

Students interested in contributing to the Campaign for Change can give online at or visit the Campaign for Change Squad at the Study-A-Thon in the Kent Student Center Monday, Dec. 12 from 10 pm - 2 am.

For additional information, contact Aimee Bell, Assistant Director, at 330-672-1425 or