The mission of the Academy is to establish meaningful collaborations among UK’s premier academic enrichment programs to use efficiently university resources and talents for the benefit of all undergraduates. The beneficiaries of the Academy are highly motivated students seeking a rich educational experience. UK is proud to feature opportunities for excellence through which deeply committed students can extend and enrich learning within academic majors, minors, living learning programs, and the UK Core. The Academy for Excellence emphasizes the interconnections among the constituent programs. The functional collaborations among the Honors Program, the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Chellgren Student Fellows Program, the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, the Gaines Humanities Fellowship Program, First Generation Initiatives, as well as other special educational opportunities, afford all students individualized paths to academic excellence.