UK Philanthropy News

Ben Kaufmann
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By Ann Blackford  As One Day for UK quickly approaches, many people who wish to support UK's campus community are thinking of ways they can give back to the university that has served so many throughout the Commonwealth and…
One Day for UK
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By Gail Hairston  Wednesday, April 17, is One Day for UK. One day ... one gift … one enormous impact at the University of Kentucky! Alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff and fans are challenging each other to join forces on…
Marie-Blevins
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By Haley Potter Public health major Marie Blevins hopes to one day meet Ellen DeGeneres. The talk show host and philanthropist has inspired the University of Kentucky senior through her outreach, showing her viewers the …
Matthew_Westling
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By Haley Potter A founding member of the Student Philanthropy Board, Matthew Westling is dedicated to his future in pharmaceuticals and philanthropy.  Working toward a dual degree in pharmacy and public…
Penny Robinson
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For nearly 40 years, Penny Robinson inspired University of Kentucky students, exciting them about mathematics, guiding them as an academic counselor and motivating them to achieve more in college. “Penny believed in every…
Col. Douglas A. Harper
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Many words come to mind when describing Col. Douglas A. Harper: career serviceman, craftsman, history buff, world traveler, avid reader, genealogist and veteran.  But his legacy at the University of Kentucky will be one of…
fehr
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When senior Anna Villarreal received the Diana M. Fehr Memorial Scholarship, she was at her lowest point.  Throughout college, she struggled. She had difficulty transitioning to UK until she learned about resources for…
McCullers
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Margot McCullers knows the power of suggestion. As she was reading her alumnae magazine for Mount Holyoke College, she saw that one of her classmates had recently created an endowment.  That story opened up a world of…
metzlers
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It is a house divided. Dr. Drayton Logan-Metzler supports the University of Kentucky. She graduated from UK in 1977 with a nursing degree, and her extended family has always cheered for the Wildcats. Her husband, Dr. James…
Genesis-Perello
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Chemist Wilbur L. Price was happiest when he was working in the lab. “He often said, ‘Human behavior is unpredictable, but you always knew what went into a test tube and you could change what came out,’” said John Price, Wilbur…
corleys
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She was one of those people who could light up a room. Alumna Shannon Corley had passion for everything she did. Whether it was playing basketball in high school through three different surgeries or converting her family,…
Alan-Cabrera
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Every morning, Alan Cabrera starts his day around 7 a.m. The child of newly divorced parents, Cabrera wants to help his mother as much as possible, which includes dropping his three siblings off at Harrison County Middle School…
Gary-Moore
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Like many Wildcats, Gary Moore always dreamed of attending the University of Kentucky. He grew up a fan of the basketball team, hiding his radio under his pillow so he could listen to late-night games. He considered UK the best…
Ball gift
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By Jay Blanton, Amy Jones-Timoney, and Kody Kiser Mira and Don Ball have spent a lifetime building one of the country’s most successful homebuilding businesses. They also have spent a lifetime giving back in ways that…
Michael Graehler
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By Sydney Sparks  As a founding member of the University of Kentucky Student Philanthropy Board, senior Michael Graehler has helped set the tone for philanthropy around campus and hopes to make an impact on how students…
Kendall-Hitch
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By Sydney Sparks As one of the founding members of the Student Philanthropy Board at UK, senior Kendall Hitch hopes students realize that they don't have to wait until after they gradate college to make an impact, they can…
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As a first generation college student, Katie Sterling was unsettled. She did not know what to expect when she went to college nor did she know how she would afford her tuition. But, the Independence, Kentucky, native said her…
Nana-Ntodi
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When she was 11 years old, Hearst Scholar Nana Ntodi received an amazing opportunity. She and her family, who lived in Ghana, won the visa lottery and were able to move to the United States. “There was no economic problem in…
buddies
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By Sydney Sparks  "For me growing up, my parents always stressed the importance of giving back," said Brack Duncan, a University of Kentucky senior majoring in social studies in secondary education with a minor in…
Student-wellness-ambassadors
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For more than 15 years, Brown-Forman Corp. has supported the wellness of University of Kentucky students, funding alcohol awareness initiatives and holistic wellness programs that teach students how to live healthfully…
Jevincio Tooson
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After visiting the University of Kentucky’s Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition website, Jevincio Tooson was moved. He saw how happy the featured students looked and how they were changing the world through their degrees…
Kenneth Blair and Beverly Tharp
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Leaving the only home he had ever known was difficult for Kenneth Blair. He grew up in Letcher County in Eastern Kentucky, where he met his wife, raised his family and worked as an electrician in the coal mines. But in the…
Irving D. Rodriguez
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This story shows the impact scholarships have on University of Kentucky students. Ensuring students' success is one of the top priorities for the university's new $2.1 billion comprehensive campaign, Kentucky Can: The 21st…
Dr. Teresa M. Waters
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This story shows how increased endowment funds strengthen the University of Kentucky and empower faculty and staff to research and make discoveries that impact people throughout Kentucky and the world. Growing UK's endowment is…
Alexis Amorese Sheffield
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When she began working at a lawn and garden store, Alexis Amorese Sheffield ’13, ’16 simply wanted to make a little money. What bloomed was a love of horticulture.  It led her to the University of Kentucky, where she…
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This article shows how the University of Kentucky cares for the total student-athlete, providing them the support and resources to be successful in competition and in life. Strengthening support of UK's student-athletes and…
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This article shows the importance of groundbreaking research at the University of Kentucky, one of the main initiatives of the university's $2.1 billion comprehensive campaign, Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign…
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This story shows the power of advanced medical care has on the Commonwealth and world. UK HealthCare is nationally ranked for its innovation and care. Continuing to support and advance UK HealthCare's work is a priority for the…
Jordan Nicoulin
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As he sells coffee, shakes and fries, junior Jordan Nicoulin cannot help but run through his finances in his head. Working two nights a week at Sonic Drive-In and every Saturday at a coffee shop will give the Lexington…
Students
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Before she applied for college, sophomore Kate Harding took the ACT and SAT five times. She knew that having impeccable grades and high standardized test scores were the only way she could afford college. A native of Rochester…
Bill Gatton
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It was never a question where Bill Gatton would go to college. His fate was sealed before he was born. “It was expected that I would attend the University of Kentucky,” the businessman and philanthropist said recently. “My…