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UK Women’s Forum announces fall Employee Educational Assistance Award recipients

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 22)  The University of Kentucky Women's Forum has named the recipients of the 2022 fall semester Employee Educational Assistance Award (EEAA).

The Women’s Forum Employee Educational Assistance Award compliments UK’s existing tuition waiver program, the Employee Education Program (EEP). Recipients receive $250 to assist with the cost of books and/or other materials, supplies and fees related to their UK coursework. 

The Fall 2022 recipients are:

  • Marci Adams, IT Strategic Planning;
  • Tomerial Brooks, Counseling Center;
  • Cynthia Cockerham, Obstetrics and Gynecology;
  • Savannah Columbia, Agriculture Extension — Economics;
  • Danielle Dicken, Psychiatry;
  • Sara Green, College of Social Work;
  • Athena Handras, Pharmacy Services;
  • Karen Kelly, Health Information Management;
  • Katrina Kyle, Physician Based Clinics; and
  • Regina Lewis, Dietetics and Human Nutrition.

The Women's Forum received a total of 44 applications, which was an increase from last year. 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 2023 spring semester — the application period will run Feb. 1-15, 2023.

The Women’s Forum remains committed to creating space to discuss relevant issues and using collective problem-solving and educational opportunities to empower and champion women. 

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

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