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UK Women’s Forum announces Employee Educational Assistance Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 12, 2023)  The University of Kentucky Women's Forum has named the recipients of the Fall 2023 Employee Educational Assistance Awards (EEAA).

The Women’s Forum Employee Educational Assistance Award compliments UK’s existing tuition waiver program, the Employee Education Program (EEP).

Each recipient is granted a $250 reimbursement, tailored to offset the costs associated with academic materials such as books, essential supplies, and pertinent fees tied to their coursework at UK.

The University of Kentucky Women’s Forum extends its heartfelt congratulations to the following recipients:

  • Liz Davenport: College of Education, Counselor Education (Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty)
  • Jennifer Disponette: College of Education, Ph.D. Educational Sciences
  • Jessica Ahlgrim: College of Public Health, Master in Health Administration
  • Elizabeth Miller: College of Social Work, Master in Social Work
  • Savannah Columbia: College: Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment - Master in Agricultural Economics
  • Sarah Ratliff: Master of Nutritional Sciences Program
  • Britney Jones: College of Social Work, Master in Social Work
  • Katherine Schlake: College of Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Liberal Studies
  • Kathryn Pettigrew: Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, Horticulture Science
  • Kristine Stresman: College of Design, Master in Architecture
  • Ashley Baker: College of Nursing, Master of Nursing - Healthcare Leadership

Employees can only receive this award once per academic year. Those who applied and were not selected are encouraged to consider applying again for the 2024 spring semester — the application period will run Feb. 1-15, 2024.

The University of Kentucky Women’s Forum remains steadfast in their vision of nurturing talent, empowering growth and building a brighter future for all women at UK.

For more information, please visit or contact the UK Women’s Forum at

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.