Alumnus Turns Passions Into Personal Legacy at UK

Dr. E. Vernon Smith

"We are both honored and grateful to have received Dr. Smith's generous gifts," stated UK President Eli Capilouto. "Dr. Smith's gifts are a testament to his faith in the mission of this university, and will continue to benefit UK and the Commonwealth for generations to come." Read More

It all began at the University of Kentucky

Don and Penney Rogers

Don Rogers ‘65 ‘67 and Penney Rogers ‘66 have created more than 50 years of memories and stories. Many of the sweetest are intertwined with the University of Kentucky. Read More

Music Patrons Pledge Largest Ever College Donation to UK Fine Arts

Ben C. Kaufmann and Janet Zusman

Ben C. Kaufmann and Janet Zusman are taking a family tradition of philanthropy and service to the next level with the largest gift in the UK College of Fine Arts history. Read More

Deep Kentucky Roots Inspire Couple to Give Back

Gene and Jean Cravens

Kentucky natives Gene and Jean Cravens come from different backgrounds, but they share a devotion to the Commonwealth. A self-described “country boy,” Gene met Jean at a party in Owensboro when they were high school students. Read More

Making the Connection Between Health Education and Fine Arts

James Norton

For Dr. James "Jim" Norton the decision to give back was simple. See how he's making a difference at UK today and in the future. Read More

Dedicated Public Servants Give to Attain the Promises of Brown v. Board of Education Through Gifts to the UK College of Education

Gregory and Kimberly Vincent

Dr. and Ms. Vincent believe everyone can all make an impact using our different talents, gifts and voices. See how they are doing their part to support the next generation of educators and civil rights servant-leaders. Read More

Passing on the Gift of Opportunity

Carl and Nanine Watson

Trailblazing Dr. Carl Watson, the first African American graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and wife, Nanine, explain the driving force behind their gift: To create a diverse medical field. Read More

Pioneering Physician Leaves Meaningful Gift

Jacqueline Noonan

Pioneer. Mentor. Leader. These words come up again and again when people talk about the late Dr. Jacqueline “Jackie” A. Noonan, a physician of international renown. Read More

Remembering Thomas French Whayne Jr., M.D., Ph.D., (1937-2020)

Thomas French Whayne Jr.

Dr. Whayne was a man of energy and intellect. It's what kept him working full-time, even at age 82, and inspired him to learn Spanish in his 50s. Read More

Wildcat Basketball Fan Makes Substantial Gift to the Cawood Ledford Scholarship Fund

Hugh Hickok

Hugh Hickok never attended UK but, he spent 60 years cheering for Wildcats thanks to Cawood Ledford. His gift allows him to support student-athletes and honor Cawood's impact. Read More

Helping Cats Reach Their Potential

Evidenced by his nearly five decades at the University of Kentucky, Herb F. Massey Jr. had a passion for helping students succeed. The endowments and scholarships created by he and his wife’s generous estate gifts ensures that legacy continues well into the future. Read More

A "Soft Spot" to Strengthen UK's Future

The University of Kentucky gave S.J. "Sam" Whalen the solid foundation he needed to launch a successful career in engineering. Driven to help future students, he created a charitable remainder trust that will provide income for him and his wife during their lifetime and benefit generations of students after. Read More

Passion for Giving

Myra Leigh Tobin

A planned gift made the most sense for Myra Leigh Tobin '62. When she retired at the age of 58 from Marsh & McLennan commercial insurance brokerage, she had plans. She wanted to travel and enjoy her golden years, and a gift that paid her back, also known as a charitable gift annuity, enabled her to balance those interests with her love of the University of Kentucky. Read More

A "True Blue Cat's" Impact

Few people are more passionate about supporting UK students than Donald Englert was. As part of the Committee of 101, he used his estate plan to create a scholarship to do just that. Read More

Passing Down Success

Harley E. Huddle, Sr.

As a student and inventor, Harley E. Huddle, Sr. grew through his struggle and strived for success. With an endowed scholarship fund in his name, generations of students in the College of Engineering will have the same opportunity. Read More

A Game Changer

Joe Halcomb

Joe Halcomb came to the University of Kentucky in 1969 with a big idea. He wanted to put medicine and engineering together. With the help of UK faculty, Joe embarked on a course of study that prepared him for a remarkable career in the medical device and biotechnology industries over the past three and a half decades. Read More

Support Encourages Exploration of Dementia

Peter T. Nelson

For Peter T. Nelson, the work is personal. A neuropathologist and professor in the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and University of Kentucky College of Medicine, he studies human brains, looking for answers. He wants to better understand dementia-inducing and age-related diseases, including Alzheimer's, a disease that affected his grandmother. Read More