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Priorities and Support

The Homestretch: $10 million to turn learning into life

With over $66 million raised so far, our Homestretch goal of $10 million will bring our Arts & Sciences total to over $75 million. 

This final $10 million would fund critical enhancements to teaching, research, and experiential learning. 

  • Student Support Fund - This fund will help students with unexpected and unbudgeted needs that might otherwise impede their education. With reduced debt and worry, students can focus on what’s important—gaining the skills and experiences that will make them self-supporting, responsible citizens, and compassionate leaders.
  • Endowment for the Kentucky Women Writers Conference - This longstanding program serves the community by bringing nationally renowned authors to perform and teach creative writing. Volunteer and networking opportunities are available to students in English and related disciplines. An endowment would provide diversity scholarships and sustainability for generations to come.
  • Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies (CIBS) - Support student and faculty research in areas such as slavery and inequality in Central Kentucky; race and sports, especially in basketball and equine studies; and global blackness from Appalachia to Zimbabwe.
  • Student Scholarships - 24% of in-state undergraduates have a median family income under $24,000. Diversity scholarships ensure that students of all economic backgrounds have access to a UK education.
  • Research, Travel, and Internship Grants - Many undergraduates are guided by faculty in independent research projects whose results deserve to be shared at professional conferences or in a published scholarly article. Graduate student stipends to support summer research and training opportunities such as foreign language acquisition can accelerate towards a degree. Travel to conferences enables graduate students to network with future employers, colleagues, and publishers; meet potential new co-researchers; and learn about emerging research in their field. Internships are a crucial part of career discernment, helping students understand what fields are best suited to their skills and interests