Goes a Long Way
(81) remembers well the challenges she faced as a first-generation
college student new to the University of Kentucky. She was a shy
young woman from Flatwoods, a small town in northeastern Kentucky.
She loved animals but had no specific career in mind, no support
from others, and no money for college.
and father always stressed the importance of education, and I have
importance of education throughout my life. Through my support,
if I could convince one kid to get an education, it would make me
Not to be hindered by such obstacles, Fletcher found a job at Central
Bank and Trust, worked during the day while going to school at night,
and seven years later graduated with a degree in animal sciences.
The people in the College of Agriculture were great,
Fletcher remembers fondly. I felt comfortable with them and
I liked the small environment.
Fletcher has learned the importance of giving, and she firmly believes
that a part of the human spirit does not develop until a person
gives back from what he or she has received. Fletcher puts this
philosophy into practice through a variety of volunteer activities.
When shes not carrying out philanthropic work, she works as
the Director of Internal Audit at General Electric Evendale Employees
Federal Credit Union in Cincinnati.
been a contributor to the Colleges annual Phonathon for a
number of years when she decided to create a scholarship in her
name and support it in perpetuity through a will bequest. Every
year she makes a contribution so that the Cynthia J. Fletcher Scholarship
can be a awarded while she is living and so that she can get to
know the recipients.
my recipients not only benefit from the financial gift but, more
importantly, take courage from the realization that others have
walked this path before them. With hard work and a steadfast heart,
they, too, can achieve their goals, Fletcher said.
of encouragement apply to Nicole McHam, a freshman biotechnology
student from Columbia, Kentucky, who is this years recipient
of the Cynthia J. Fletcher Scholarship.
Im very thankful for Cynthias scholarship support,
said McHam. My mother is single and having to pay for my college
education. Its comforting to know that someone is interested
in me; that inspires me to do my best.
McHam and Fletcher
got acquainted at the College of Agriculture Scholarship Banquet
this past November and now share a genuine affection for each other.
I feel as if Ive known her for a long while, said
McHam. She asks about me and takes an interest in my progress.
Im so impressed with Nicole, said Fletcher. Knowing
her gives me a real hope for the future of the human race.
being a donor makes her feel that shes made the most of her
life and has had an influence in the lives of others, the difference
a little encouragement can make.
allow us to see children use what they learn and realize that they
have more potential than they thought. Theres a real excitement
in seeing them develop.