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Nominations for Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Taken Now to Feb. 1

photos of 2018 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award winners Debra Moser and Lisa Collins with President Eli Capilouto.
The 2018 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award winners Debra Moser of the College of Nursing and Lisa Collins of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment with UK President Eli Capilouto. Photo by Sarah Caton.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2018) Nominations are now open for one of the University of Kentucky’s most respected recognitions, the 2019 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award, sponsored by the UK Women’s Forum.

The Sarah Bennett Holmes Award recognizes two female UK employees, one faculty member and one staff member, for their contributions to issues that affect women at UK and across the Commonwealth. These awards are designed to target efforts that might otherwise go unrecognized.

For more information, visit the UK Women’s Forum website at

To make a nomination online, visit

Nomination forms will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Award winners will receive a prize of $1,000.

All nominees will be recognized during the annual Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards luncheon beginning 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Gatton Student Center Ballroom. Information about the luncheon will be available on the UK Women’s Forum website in February.

Sarah Bennett Holmes was a distinguished former dean of women at the University of Kentucky who tirelessly championed the rights of women throughout her career. Widowed at a young age, Holmes raised four children while completing her own education. She then began a successful career at UK where she inspired young women to persevere in the face of hardship and pursue their career goals. Among her accomplishments, Holmes developed work programs for women during the Depression.

If you have questions about the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award or the luncheon, contact Lynn Hiler at You can also follow the Women’s Forum on Facebook or on Twitter @UKWomensForum for information about the award and luncheon. 

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