Welcome to the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky
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You may be surprised at what a difference you can make.

At the Patterson School, small gifts help our students pursue their passion, medium size gifts have a major impact, and large gifts might even change the world.

The Patterson School provides an intense, intimate learning environment with direct exposure to government and the business world that we believe is unmatched anywhere else. Students arrive here with promise and passion, and leave ready to tackle some of the world's greatest challenges.

Today, this fifty-seven-year-old program is at a critical juncture. Many people are often surprised to learn that this Kentucky institution stands at the forefront of graduate education in diplomacy and international commerce, ranked alongside Princeton, George Washington, and American University.

The caliber of students the Patterson School draws from Kentucky, across the country, and around the globe has soared, but unfortunately its facilities and financial resources have not kept pace with their needs or the school's solid reputation. We want to continue to attract and teach those students who can make a difference, and to hire and retain faculty that inspire them. Today, this vibrant program can be maintained only with private support.

We invite you to become a partner in helping shape the next generation of leaders in international affairs.

Philanthropy is above all personal. We would love to explore how we might join forces to enhance this landmark program. We have some great ideas and suspect you do too. Please call our Director (859-257-4666) to share your thoughts and passions. We would be delighted to tell you about how Patterson School graduates are making their mark on the planet everyday.

Your support can not only help make my students' dreams possible, but - through their actions and life-long careers - may profoundly transform people's lives.

This is an exciting time at the Patterson School. With the migration crisis in Europe and the dramas unfolding in the Mideast and East Asia, it's hard to imagine when there was a more pressing need for diplomacy and greater international understanding.

Thank you for considering the Patterson School as a place to make your mark on the world. My students need your support!

Let's talk.

Student working on Samaritan's Purse development project in Cambodia
Patterson School Established in 1959

A Living Legacy

This school exists because one man put his personal financial resources behind a plan for the future, and other visionaries embraced his cause. UK’s first President James Patterson saw America needed a special school to prepare leaders to promote her diplomatic and commercial interests and acted.

The students you see surrounding his statue below advance that vision today. The need Patterson saw and the challenges facing our nation are greater than ever. In joining this effort, you are part of a living legacy that makes the world better.

Students around Patterson Statue

Online and Mailed Gifts

Gifts can be made by credit card through the school's UK giving page or by mail. Checks should be made payable to the "Patterson School" and sent to:

Development Fund
Patterson School
University of Kentucky, 455 POT
Lexington, KY 40506-0027 USA

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Patterson School | 455 POT, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0027 | 859-257-4666

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