UKWC Scholarships Change Recipients' Lives

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2020) With a rich tradition of more than 100 years of service, the University of Kentucky Woman's Club (UKWC) provides a welcoming and enriching environment for all women wishing to be part of a group committed to supporting the campus and its students. Much of that support is demonstrated by its scholarship program and its partnerships with other UK organizations and programs to provide needed services to the student body.

Each year, the UKWC awards scholarships that pay up to full tuition for residents of Kentucky as defined for tuition and fee purposes. Applicants must have completed at least 12 credit hours at UK with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. Consideration is given to nontraditional women students with financial need.

The UKWC is currently accepting applications for its 2020-2021 tuition scholarships, awarded to undergraduate full-time and part-time students. UKWC scholarship and fellowship programs provide nearly $40,000 annually to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are due in the UK Office of Academic Scholarships in 217 Funkhouser Building before 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2020. Applicants must also complete the 2020-2021 Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) by March 2, 2020. Current members of the UKWC and UK employees whose tuition is covered by the Employee Education Program are ineligible.

Since its inception in 1973, the UKWC Aid Fund has provided more than 273 undergraduate scholarships, totaling more than $680,000. Through their philanthropic efforts, UKWC was able to assist five undergraduate students last fiscal year and six undergraduate students this fiscal year.

Current recipient of a UKWC scholarship, Angela Sanchez of Wilmore is pursuing a degree in landscape architecture and expects to graduate in May 2022. After life changes, she took the initiative to begin anew as a nontraditional student with grit and optimism. Sanchez maintains a 4.0 GPA and has been nominated to the Chellgren Student Fellows Program. Her fellow students elected her Class of 2022 Representative to the Kentucky Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. In this role, she schedules programs that encourage esprit de corps and identifies career-related volunteer opportunities such as GreenHouse17. During the summer of 2019, Sanchez worked as an intern at UK’s Urban Forest Initiative. She plans to pursue a Master of Science in Urban and Environmental Design and earn licensure as a landscape architect.

“My UKWC scholarship will give me the financial freedom to begin saving for advancement opportunities that come up during my undergraduate years and for a subsequent master’s degree,” Sanchez said. “Being selected as a recipient is a tremendous vote of confidence in my decision to pursue a degree that will lead to my career of choice after being a stay-at-home mom for 15 years. A heartfelt thanks to UKWC for believing in me!”

Jackson resident and current recipient of a UKWC scholarship Tanya Brewer is pursuing a bachelor's degree in social work, with a projected graduation of May 2020. She is an active participant in her children’s schools as both an elected parent representative to the high school site-based decision making council and elected president of the parent teacher organization. As a nontraditional student, she transferred to UK after graduating from Hazard Community and Technical College in May 2018 and attends classes full time on the UK Hazard campus, where she earned a 4.0 GPA. Brewer has a particular interest in being a school-based social worker and remaining in her rural Appalachian community. She plans to continue her education and obtain a master’s degree in social work to be a licensed clinical social worker.

“It is truly an honor to be chosen for the University of Kentucky Woman’s Club scholarship,” said Brewer. “I am beyond grateful that my academic efforts have earned the scholarship committee’s confidence and support. Reaching this level of academic success … has not been an easy road. I have had to work twice as hard and make many sacrifices during the long and hard journey of my academic career to overcome a lack of educational opportunities during my childhood.”

For more information about the UKWC scholarship, visit or contact the Office of Academic Scholarships at 859-257-4198.

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