The Kent State LGBTQ+ Center supports an inclusive environment on all KSU campuses, advocates for all individuals and community groups based on sexual and gender identity, and promotes physical, mental and academic wellness.

The center is a welcoming environment to LGBTQ students and their allies. The informed staff strives to educate the campus community about sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure Kent State University remains a safe space for all students.

LGBTQ+ Scholarship Opportunities for 2022-2023

There are two LGBTQ+ Scholarships available to eligible KSU students: the Harry E. Jackson LGBT Endowment Fund Scholarship and the MJ Eckhouse Memorial Scholarship. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2022!

The Harry E. Jackson LGBT Endowment Fund Scholarship is available through the generosity of Akron businessman Harry Jackson, who has established a fund to serve the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students on the Kent State University campus. Contact the LGBTQ Student Center if interested in learning more.

The MJ Eckhouse Memorial Scholarship is available in honor of MJ Eckhouse, a Kent State University alum, was a tireless advocate for the trans community, the LGBTQ+ community, and social justice issues.  MJ challenged the status quo, questioned current practices, and always advocated for improvements to creating a more inclusive world. When MJ was a student at KSU, he was active on campus and in off-campus advocacy efforts including those through Fusion magazine, as well as with Kent4Equality. MJ entered electoral politics as the manager of one of the first openly trans candidates to represent a major political party in Ohio.  MJ did not just work with the university; he took his social justice work to the surrounding area and the state. MJ was vital in securing a non-discrimination ordinance and a ban on conversion therapy within the city of Kent. These actions will impact countless lives within the Kent and Portage County community. MJ was also a talented musician and a covering addict. He saw music as a way to connect with others and saw a connection to others as the way to heal the hurt in others and the world.  Throughout his recovery, MJ saved lives and changed lives for countless folks. His compassion and smile were as infectious as they were inspirational.

Scholarship recipients shall be selected on the basis of: Students who are members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community on campus, who advance the LGBTQ+ community through participation in student groups or other community activities. Preference for students who have been involved in social justice activism with a focus on transgender rights, and students who have served in editorial positions for the student media publications.

The deadline to apply for the Harry E. Jackson LGBT Scholarship and the MJ Eckhouse Memorial Scholarship is May 1, 2022!

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Email Ken Ditlevson, Director, LGBTQ+ Center with any questions.

Support Students in Need 

The LGBTQ+ Center's emergency fund is available for students in need of additional funding for books, academic supplies, household items, housing, or food.

Contribute to the LGBTQ+ Emergency Fund