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One Gift Gives Back Three Ways

One Gift Gives Back Three Ways
Kenyette Adrine-Robinson

If you've spent any time on campus in the past few years, odds are you probably know or have run into Kenyette Adrine-Robinson. Kent State is her home away from home, and you'll often see her roaming the stacks at the library, cheering at a basketball game or checking out the latest gallery show at the Center for the Visual Arts.

Kenyette is a proud three-time Kent State graduate, with a B.A. in Photojournalism, and two Master's degrees: in Student Personnel and Educational Administration and Special Education. She taught secondary school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for many years before retiring in 2010.

Kenyette's interests and passions are many, so in 2013, when she decided to make a planned gift to her alma mater, it was a challenge to narrow down the area she wanted to support. So she decided to break her gift into three parts, endowing two scholarships and a program fund.

Her first scholarship benefits students who are graduates of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. "I'm a product of that district myself," says Kenyette, "So I'm giving back to my hometown." The second scholarship, the University Libraries Student Scholarship, benefits students in their sophomore, junior or senior years to help them push through to graduation. Kenyette serves on the University Libraries National Advisory Council, and feels that "universities are made by the volume of books they offer." The third portion of her gift, a program fund, supports an endowment for the University Libraries African and African-American Special Collections and archives, to preserve and showcase the history and art of the African-American community. "I have a number of artifacts myself that I feel it's important to preserve," she says. "I want people to have access to these things, and the chances to see them will be much better at a state university than in a museum. Not everyone is able to travel to D.C."

As pragmatic as she is interesting, Kenyette understands what it means to pay it forward. "A lot of times what you give is what you get back in life," she says. "I'm a veteran of the Vietnam era. As a private, my take-home pay was $87.50 a month, so I know how to live on nothing. If you have it, share it. It's that simple."

An avid traveler, Kenyette is on her fifth passport, and frequently visits campus to attend events and visit retired professors in Kent. Her investment in the community is deep and wide and her heart for Kent State is even bigger. "I don't need to have a building named after me. I feel a gift toward a scholarship or program will last longer and go further. I just hope more folks will find it in their hearts to give back, too."

If you'd like to learn how to create a bequest to support a program or scholarship at Kent State, contact the Center for Gift and Estate Planning at 330-672-1000, or email us at giftplan@kent.edu.
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