The University of Kentucky Fellows Society was created to encourage greater private support for the institution and to recognize donors who are helping the University advance its mission of education, research and service. The Fellows Society honors those alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and organizations that provide generous support for the University, its important programs and its many deserving students.
With the private support of many Kentuckians, a great University was built in the Commonwealth out of the ashes of the Civil War. John Bryan Bowman – the force behind the founding of the institution that was to become the University of Kentucky – rode on horseback through the central Kentucky countryside in 1865 inspiring others to join his quest to establish an educational institution equal to any in America. In less than two months, he secured more than $100,000 in gifts and pledges. With the personal commitment of more than 150 farmers and townspeople, Bowman amassed the financial capability to purchase the grounds and erect the buildings for the new University in Lexington.
The University of Kentucky development program had its beginning in the University’s centennial year of 1965. Then, as now, securing support for the University from the private sector was given priority. Alumni and friends from throughout the country were recruited to help in the effort. The UK Development Council was created and before 1966 had passed, the Council formed the UK Fellows program to recognize donors for significant contributions to the University. Between December 1966 and June 1968, the University enrolled 41 Fellows who committed a total of $2,500,000 in gifts.
This magnificent beginning grew into a program that has been a mainstay in the University’s fundraising effort for more than 50 years.
University Fellows have given $10,000 – $24,999 in cash or cash equivalent, or put in place a deferred gift of $50,000 or more. University Fellows are no longer being added. The minimum gift required to become a member of the UK Fellows Society is now $25,000.
Frank LeRond McVey Fellows give $25,000 – $49,999 in cash or cash equivalent, or put in place a deferred gift of $125,000 or more. Alumni and friends may be recognized as McVey Fellows. This minimum for Fellows recognition correlates with the University’s endowment funding minimums.
Henry Stites Barker Fellows give $50,000 – $99,999 in cash or cash equivalent, or put in place a deferred gift of $250,000 or more. Recognition of corporations, foundations, trusts and organizations begins at the Barker Fellows level.
Frank G. Dickey Fellows give $100,000 – $249,999 in cash or cash equivalent, or put in place a deferred gift of $500,000 or more.
John Bryan Bowman Fellows give $250,000 – $499,999 in cash or cash equivalent, or put in place a deferred gift of $1,250,000 or more.
James Kennedy Patterson Fellows give $500,000 – $999,999 in cash or cash equivalent, or put in place a deferred gift of $2,500,000 or more.
Presidential Fellows give $1,000,000 – $4,999,999 in cash or cash equivalent, or put in place a deferred gift of $5,000,000 or more.
Commonwealth Fellows give $5,000,000 or more in cash or cash equivalent, or put in place a deferred gift of $25,000,000 or more.
For further information, please contact:
Susan Harper, Director, Donor Relations and Stewardship
You can also download the UK Fellows Society brochure [Adobe PDF file].