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Young Alumni Award Goes to Lee Webb

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 6, 2010) -- Lee Webb of Shelbyville, Ky., is the recipient of the University of Kentucky 2010 Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Award. The award is named for a long-time UK administrator who has spent the better part of his life in service to UK students.

As president of the Shelby County UK Alumni Club, Webb has been instrumental in instituting new programs for the club, including the UK vs. U of L Golf Scramble, which has become an annual event held the Friday before the football game.

Under his leadership, the club also created the Thomas J. Cobb Award given annually to an individual for outstanding service to Shelby County and UK. The award is named in honor of longtime club and UK Alumni Association board member Tom Cobb.

Webb received the Tom Cobb Service Award in 2008, the 2005 “Forty under 40” Award given by Business First to honor emerging leaders, the 2005 Chamber Member of the Year, and the 2002 Shelby County Realtor of the Year award. He is very active in the Shelbyville community and also returns to campus to talk with young men currently enrolled at UK about the importance of the way they live.

Webb earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1998 from UK. He is active in UKAN and is the owner of Alton Webb and Associates Commercial Real Estate. He and his wife, Rachel, also a UK grad, have a son, Walker.

A nominee for the Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Award must be an alumna or alumnus who is an active member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, who is 10 years or less out of college at the time of nomination and who has worked on behalf of young people through the university, the association, their alumni club or in the local community:

Raising funds for scholarships and/or awarding scholarships for students to attend UK

Working with local high school students through club-sponsored event and/or Preview Nights, to interest students in attending UK

Working to educate youth in the local community, whether through tutoring, coaching or other means to keep them interested in learning

Assisting in efforts to support the Student Alumni Association through mentoring or other means.