The application for the Warren A. Sill Fund's 2017-2018 Kent State Student Academic Scholarship is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

The Warren A. Sill Fund's

Kent State Student Academic Scholarship



$1,000 during both Fall & Spring semesters.


Open to main campus Kent State University sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.


Applicants must be enrolled in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and be focused on education.


Completed submission due Thursday, April 27, 2017. All submissions will remain confidential.


Warren Sill lived his life with a brightness and enthusiasm that lifted those privileged enough to be in his presence. In the spring of 2012, Warren embarked on a cross-country journey to fulfill his long-held dream of finishing an adventure and discovering himself along the way. His travels took him to British Columbia where he intended to film a rare bear. However, due to circumstances unforeseen, Warren was tragically unable to complete his expedition. Warren leaves behind a legacy of friendship, thirst for learning, a passion for education, and an appetite for life. While the hurt of Warren’s absence is not likely to be short-lived, he would undoubtedly take solace in the knowledge that his passing has created an opportunity for Kent State University students to embrace the larger community and world as part of their higher education experience. Warren always treated education as more than just going to classes and completing assignments. Our scholarship endeavors to promote the engaging belief that education is a lifelong journey filled with broad experiences opening a multitude of possibilities.

A long-time resident of Northeast Ohio and graduate of Elyria Catholic, Warren left behind a loving family of his Mother Carla, Father Herb, and Sister Maureen. While enrolled at Kent State, Warren had a diverse group of friends and was involved in everything from student government and his Delta Tau Delta fraternity, to a semester at Walt Disney World. Uniquely, Warren frequently demonstrated an immense and genuine interest in the lives of his closest friends, a larger appreciation of the extracurricular experience, and a concern with the well-being of his fellow students. In search of his life’s work, Warren excelled in the field of information technology, but was never fully committed to that career path. Instead, Warren sought to write his next exciting chapter. This search manifested itself in his lifelong love of animals, specifically the goal of being amongst one of the rarest creatures in North America, the Spirit Bear. The road trip that followed is a classic American tale of a person attempting to see their dreams to fruition and a testament to the idea that learning is a journey rather than a destination, a journey that continues far beyond the classroom.