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UK Women & Philanthropy Network Awards $251,000 to Seven UK Academic Initiatives

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2017) – Seven academic initiatives at the University of Kentucky have been awarded a total of $251,000 by the UK Women & Philanthropy Network, an organization committed to bringing together women who “share the ambition of building a better UK through philanthropy,” announced Paula Pope, director of philanthropic engagement with UK Philanthropy.

“The selection process for the UK Women & Philanthropy Network academic grants is a rigorous and competitive one,” Pope said. “Each proposal is thoroughly reviewed by the membership and evaluated on their merits of supporting the academic mission of the University of Kentucky, creativity and innovation, and demonstrating measurable student academic outcomes. We commend each award winner and thank all who submitted a proposal. They were all excellent.”

Grant funds were awarded to support the following programs or projects:

College of Nursing

“hCats to Appalachia: An Interprofessional Service Learning Program to Promote Health and Wellness in Kentucky,” $19,800


Science Outreach Center

“PEPP II Undergraduate Enhancement Program,” $27,000


Gatton College of Business and Economics

“Increasing Opportunities for Women in the MBA Program,” $50,000


Undergraduate Education

“Kentucky Scholar Intern Program,” $27,000

“ IAmAWomanInSTEM Student Leadership,” $50,000 


Interprofessional Healthcare Residential College

“Improving Students’ Sense of Belonging, Persistence and Success,” $27,200


College of Engineering “Reading the Invisible Library: An International Research Experience for Undergraduates,” $50,000


“The University of Kentucky is most grateful to the members of the UK Women & Philanthropy Network for their ongoing support of academic excellence and student success,” said Mike Richey, vice president for philanthropy. “Our university community greatly benefits from their personal commitment of time, energy and philanthropy, and devotion to UK. On behalf of President Eli Capilouto, Provost Tim Tracy, the students, faculty and staff, I thank the leadership and members of the UK Women & Philanthropy Network as their philanthropy provides a margin of excellence for this institution and its land-grant mission.”

The University of Kentucky Women & Philanthropy Network is an organization committed to bringing together women who share the ambition of building a better UK through philanthropy. Under the leadership of former UK President Lee T. Todd Jr., the UK Women & Philanthropy Network was co-founded by former UK First Lady Patsy Todd and Nawanna Privett as a viable and meaningful way to recognize the essential and continuing role of women in the life and progress of the university, said Pope.

Since its establishment, the UK Women & Philanthropy Network has awarded grants for scholarships, fellowships, education abroad, research and special programs totaling nearly $1.6 million.

Membership in the organization is open to all interested women. A $1,000 annual contribution is required and the pool of contributions is awarded in full to proposals approved by the membership.

For information concerning the University of Kentucky Women & Philanthropy Network, please contact Pope at UK Philanthropy, William B. Sturgill Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0015; 859-257-3187; or email To follow the work and activities of the network on Facebook, go to

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