UK Philanthropy News

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By Shawntaye Hopkins The University of Kentucky College of Law is pleased to announce a $1 million gift from Stites & Harbison, PLLC to support current and future UK Law students as well as the major rebuild of the now-…
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By Molly Williamson A primary goal of the University of Kentucky’s new $2.1 billion campaign is to improve access to education. A recent gift from an anonymous donor is doing just that – ensuring that all UK students can access…
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By Molly Williamson For the 15 to 29 year old demographic, cancer packs an additional punch. Though they are treated at a children’s hospital, they no longer are children. In addition to their diagnosis, they are juggling…
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Carl and Betty McHargue’s $2 million estate gift will endow a new scholarship fund for engineering students in eastern and southeastern Kentucky. His gift is the pinnacle of an extraordinary life. By Kelly Hahn At age 93, Carl…
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By Jenny Wells-Hosley A team from the University of Kentucky has been selected to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) Clinical Scholars leadership program to address children's health and education in…
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Sandy Helton, a 1971 mathematics graduate, spoke to alumni, friends, parents and community members on behalf of Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign in June 2019 at an event in Chicago. She discussed how her University…
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By Amanda Nelson Dr. Deborah Bott Slaton has been helping special education students, teachers and doctoral students for more than three decades. Even in retirement, she is working for the betterment of others. In fact, giving…
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By Molly Williamson For the Keeneland Association and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Charities, investing in two new University of Kentucky laboratories was a simple decision. Safety – of both the horse and…
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By Haley Potter Student Philanthropy Board Correspondent Already on her way to a pharmaceutical career, senior Ashley Weaver is pursuing a degree in public health with a certificate in health communication while working as a…
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By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky researchers, Kentucky farmers and stakeholders celebrated the official opening of UK’s Grain and Forage Center of Excellence, a facility committed to moving the state’s and surrounding…
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By Laura Skillman and Molly Williamson Working in the printing industry, Nancy Savage saw the need for her services steadily decline. More businesses were using online resources, and readers were shifting…
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By Molly Williamson UK Philanthropy is accepting nominations for the 2019 Terry B. Mobley Philanthropy Awards, an annual recognition ceremony for the people who advance the University of Kentucky through their work in…
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By Molly Williamson A true outpouring of human support — that is how Sen. Reggie Thomas described the treatment his wife received at the Markey Cancer Center. As she battled uterine cancer, alumna Lynda Morris Thomas was…
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By Molly Williamson The University of Kentucky is celebrating a record year — the largest graduating class in history, record retention rates and the highest one-year giving totals. For the second year in a row, UK has raised…
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By Jenny Wells-Hosley and Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky alumnus and successful Kentucky businessman Bruce Lunsford has pledged $1 million to establish the W. Bruce Lunsford Scholars Program in Citizenship and Public…
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Ed Shuttleworth's story shows the power of a University of Kentucky education. He used his College of Medicine training to practice as a surgeon in rural Western Kentucky, establishing a surgery center to better serve the region…
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By Ann Blackford Little did Dealla Samadi know that something as simple as reading an email about an internship opportunity would transform her life so dramatically.  Samadi had a full schedule as a biology, neuroscience…
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By Ann Blackford Sandra McAninch has worked in a library nearly her entire life. She recently retired from the University of Kentucky after nearly 36 years of service, and although McAninch is now enjoying retirement with her…
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By Molly Williamson As a child, Dalton Dowdle was fascinated with space exploration and dreamed of working for NASA. Now, thanks to Meade County Bank, his goal is within reach. In the fall of 2018, Dowdle was one of seven…
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By Molly Williamson Seven University of Kentucky students received an unexpected gift around Thanksgiving of last year – a scholarship that reduced or eliminated their debt last semester. On April 9, they were able to thank…
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By Molly Williamson It was a day that exceeded all expectations and showed the generosity of the University of Kentucky community. One Day for UK, the university’s first giving day, raised more than $1 million on…
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Samantha Eversole, a 2018 graduate and current medical school student at Lincoln Memorial University, shows that anyone, any age, any income level can make a difference through Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign. By…
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Bradley Wilson, a 2019 chemical engineering graduate, has spoken to alumni, friends, parents and community members on behalf of Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign multiple times. This spring and summer, he traveled to…
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By Molly Williamson and Lindsey Piercy One day. One gift. Enormous impact. Mark your calendars! On April 17, the University of Kentucky will rally alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and fans to support the campus…
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By Lindsey Piercy Calling all alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and fans — make an enormous impact by supporting the campus community through "One Day for UK." During the 24 hour campaign, which is currently underway,…
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By Haley Potter Student Philanthropy Board Correspondent Meet the founding executive director of the Student Philanthropy Board, Destiny Oakley.  After graduating in May with a degree in business management and minors in…
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By Jay Blanton The state’s largest city has large aspirations for the future: at least 40,000 more residents with bachelor’s degrees in Louisville to fuel sustainable, long-term economic growth. Such goals, says University of…
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By Jay Blanton The Roebling Bridge between Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati was under construction in 1865 when the University of Kentucky was opening its doors for the first time. When the Roebling opened, it was the…
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By Jay Blanton, Amy Jones-Timoney, Brad Nally and Kody Kiser The largest fundraising campaign in the history of the Commonwealth will create thousands of scholarships to expand access to education at the University of Kentucky…
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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…
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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…
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By Haley Potter Student Philanthropy Board Correspondent 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…
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By Haley Potter Student Philanthropy Board Correspondent A founding member of the Student Philanthropy Board, Matthew Westling is dedicated to his future in pharmaceuticals and philanthropy.  Working toward a dual…
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By Molly Williamson 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…
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By Ann Blackford 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…
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By Molly Williamson 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…
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By Molly Williamson 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…
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By Molly Williamson 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…
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By Ann Blackford 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…
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By Molly Williamson 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…
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By Molly Williamson 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…
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By Molly Williamson 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…
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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…
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By Sydney Sparks  Student Philanthropy Board Correspondent 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…
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By Sydney Sparks Student Philanthropy Board Correspondent 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…
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By Molly Williamson 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,…
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By Molly Williamson 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…
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By Sydney Sparks  Student Philanthropy Board Correspondent "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…
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By Ryan Girves 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…
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By Molly Williamson 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…
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By Molly Williamson 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…
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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…
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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…
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By Molly Williamson 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…
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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…
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By Molly Williamson 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…
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By Molly Williamson 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…
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By Jay Blanton, Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser 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…