UK Philanthropy News

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…
katie-Sterling-feature
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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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A native of Orlando, Fla., Irving D. Rodriguez had no problems adjusting to the Bluegrass state when he began attending the University of Kentucky. He immersed himself in the culture, cheering on the Wildcats and volunteering…
Dr. Teresa M. Waters
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Since arriving in Lexington, Dr. Teresa M. Waters has been overwhelmed by the support of the greater University of Kentucky community. Previously the chair of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science…
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…
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…