Civil engineering student follows family tradition at UK

Mac Hall, a freshman civil engineering major from Pikeville, Kentucky

“I probably wouldn’t be at the University of Kentucky without the scholarship assistance I’m receiving,” says Mac Hall, a freshman civil engineering major from Pikeville, Kentucky.

“And I’ve always wanted to go to UK,” he continues. “It’s a family tradition. My aunt attended classes at the University, and my grandfather graduated from UK 50 years ago.”

Mac has two older sisters and two younger brothers. His career goal is to specialize in environmental engineering and return to eastern Kentucky to do work focusing on water quality.

He explains, “My mother put me in Cub Scouts when I was very young. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been camping, fishing and hunting. And I want to help preserve all that for future generations.”

Mac continued in Scouting after going to live with his grandparents at the age of eight. Today, he has attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

“Increasing the wood duck population in eastern Kentucky was my Eagle Scout project,” he shares. “As part of this, I made large wooden bird houses and placed them in Pike, Johnson and Floyd Counties.”

“My two brothers are Eagle Scouts, too,” he adds. “And I’m receiving an Eagle Scout Scholarship to help with my UK expenses.”

Mac has also been awarded a UK Presidential Scholarship, an Elmo Firenze Scholarship, and he has been named as a T. W. Lewis Scholar.

“I met Mr. Lewis when he was on campus recently,” Mac relates. “I was pleased for the opportunity to personally thank him for my scholarship, and have my grandparents meet him, too. I’m also looking forward to participating in career fairs and other activities that are part of the Lewis Scholars program.”

Mac resides in an Engineering living learning program in one of the new residence halls on campus – Champions Court I.

“It’s been a big help for me to live with fellow Engineering students,” he says. “Many of them were part of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars program with me in high school, and they have helped me in my Engineering courses as we’ve studied together. I’m also enjoying the extracurricular activities associated with this living learning program.”

Mac graduated from Pikeville High School where he was the president of the National Honors Society. He was also the quarterback of the school’s football team, and he participated in drama, musicals, soccer, tennis, math club and the school’s news program.

Mac shares with a smile, “My grandparents told me I should go to UK because they thought I was a ‘big fish,’ and I needed a ‘big pond’ to swim in. I am enjoying being at the University, and I love all the people I’m meeting on campus.”