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Nominees Sought for UK Women’s Forum Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 7, 2022)  The University of Kentucky Women’s Forum seeks nominees for the 2022 Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards. The following four categories are open for self- or peer nominations: UK full-time faculty member, UK full-time staff member, UK faculty and/or staff team, and UK full-time graduate student. Awardees will be recognized at the Sarah Bennett Holmes Luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2022, in the Gatton Student Center Ballrooms.

The Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards recognize individuals and teams for their contributions to issues that affect women at the university and across the Commonwealth. These awards bring recognition for efforts that would otherwise go unnoticed through typical channels. All award winners will receive a plaque and recognition at the annual Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards event. In addition, the faculty, staff and graduate student award winners will each receive a monetary reward of $1,000 each.

Sarah Bennett Holmes was a distinguished dean of women at the University of Kentucky, who tirelessly championed the rights of women throughout her career. Widowed at a young age, Holmes raised four children while completing her own education. She then began a successful career at UK where she inspired young women to persevere in the face of hardship and pursue their career goals. Among her accomplishments, Holmes developed work programs for women during the Depression.

Nominations for individuals or teams who exemplify the qualities and legacy of Sarah Bennett Holmes will be accepted through Feb. 14, 2022. For complete nomination information and eligibility requirements, please visit the UK Women’s Forum website. Submit nominations here:

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