2024 Kean University Founders 5K and Founders Day Annual Day of Giving

June 2024

Thank you to everyone who generously supported Kean University’s Founders 5K and Founders Day! Kean University students, alumni, friends and employees celebrated the University’s Founders Day with record-breaking gifts that will support the next generation of students at the state’s urban research university.

Kean Cougars showed their pride and support for student scholarships and other University initiatives across the two-day event, which included the Founders Day 5K run on Sunday, April 14, and gatherings at the Union and Toms River campuses on Monday, April 15.

“Founders Day celebrates our proud history and traditions. It’s a wonderful way for us to connect our story with philanthropy and giving,” Kean President Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D., said. “I’m personally grateful to all those who contributed from across the country. Their generosity will help our students climb higher for years to come.”



The Kean University Foundation hosts Founders Day to mark the anniversary of Kean’s founding on April 14, 1855. Begun as the Newark Normal School, Kean started as a teacher-training school and the first public post-secondary institution in New Jersey. Kean has grown to become a global University with more than 17,000 students worldwide at campuses in Union, Toms River and Wenzhou, China.

This year students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends helped us raise over $300,000 – triple what was raised last year – making it the most successful Founders Day on record! Please visit this link to watch a special thank you message from Kean students and President Repollet. Your support helps us create more opportunities for our students to pursue their academic and career goals.