Weekly Update: Single Largest Scholarship Gift, Continued Progress Against COVID-19

Dear Campus Community,

This week, I was reminded several times about the faith so many across Kentucky have in this place and of the deep commitments we have to each other as members of this community.

Every dollar is a promise

On Thursday, we announced a historic $5 million gift from the university’s single largest donor, Bill Gatton. It’s the single largest scholarship gift UK has ever received.

Because of it, more Kentucky students will have less financial need.

More young doctors will be educated and trained to provide healing and hope in communities across the Commonwealth. And more promising scholars will be the first in their families to attend college, changing not only the trajectory of their lives, but of their families for generations to come.

You can read details about this remarkable gift here.

It is a reminder to me that, in an important sense, every dollar is a promise. Bill Gatton believes in the power of this place and the power of its promise — to advance Kentucky by working to ensure a state that is healthier, wealthier and wiser.


Keeping Each Other Safe

Please continue to wear masks in all indoor spaces.

You can learn more about the proper way to wear your mask here. 

If you see that people are not compliant with mask-wearing and want to report it, you have several options. Learn more here. 

Get vaccinated if you haven’t already.

Sign up here.

Schedule your booster shot, which is the best mechanism for warding off serious illness from COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. Anyone who is part of our campus, and has proof that they have been boosted, can enter our booster incentive programs. Here’s how:

Student Booster Incentive

Employee Booster Incentive

Sign up for your flu shot today if you haven’t already. 

Learn more here.  

Vaccination Rates Our campus continues to maintain a strong vaccination rate, as demonstrated by this week’s numbers:

· UK Community: 91.8%

Campus: 91.0%

UKHC: 93.8%

Faculty: 97.4%

Students: 89.6%

Staff: 93.8%

Thank you for the invaluable role you play in our mission to advance Kentucky.

Eli Capilouto