Many special projects in the College would not exist without the
generousity of our alumni and friends. Here are several programs
that have unique needs and are searching for the right friends
to meet them. Which project would be the most meaningful to you?
- Make a beautiful statement: Rose garden trellising for the
University of Kentucky/Lexington Fayette-Urban County Government
Arboretum. The arboretum's new 1,000-plant rose garden was planted
this spring. Help us construct trellising to support the beautiful
climbing varieties. Donors will be recognized on a special bronze
plaque placed in the garden ($1,500).
- Offer a place to rest: Walk Across Kentucky sculptural benches.
Unique, artisan-designed sculptural benches along the Walk Across
Kentucky path will provide visitors the opportunity to stop,
rest, and enjoy a variety of aesthetic experiences, both natural
and created. ($4,000).
- Help young minds grow: UK Arboretum intern fellowships. Fellowships
will provide students the opportunity to gain practical experience
at the arboretum. Students will work with staff and volunteers
in activities ranging from landscape maintenance and garden
installation to marketing and educational programming, depending
on the student's area of interest. Fellowships will be named
by the donor and recognized by the Friends of the Arboretum
- Keep 'em rolling: Travel of students in Biosystems and Agricultural
Engineering (BAE) to competitions. Each year, BAE students construct
a quarter-scale tractor to take to the national pulling competition
sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers,
an opportunity to compete against other universities around
the world. It's the ultimate test to see how UK's student engineers
rank against those at other universities. At the competitions,
students are also able to network with professionals in the
machinery industry and faculty and students from other universities.
Funding is limited, so students must rely on support from alumni,
friends, and companies for travel support each year ($13,500).
- Raise talent for the equine industry: This new, innovative
partnership between the University and the Kentucky horse industry
will place talented youth in an environment where they can develop
the potential and desire to pursue horse-oriented careers. This
three-part program will attract students to UK through a summer
camp on careers in the horse industry, recruit the ablest and
brightest with scholarships, and augment the curriculum with
an equine scholars program. (horse camp, $7,500 a year; six
scholarships, $30,000 a year; scholars program $5,000 a year).
- Provide career-building skills: The UK chapter of MANRRS (Minorities
in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences) wants
to send a delegation of about 16 students to the MANRRS National
Conference and Career Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, in March 2004.
At the conference, the MANNRS students will join other undergraduate
and graduate students from across the nation to talk about people
of color in relation to issues in agriculture and natural resources.
Topics include marketing, food production, interviewing, leadership,
professional growth, and communicating via the Internet ($2,000).
- Sow Seeds of Understanding: The College's Hall's Prairie restoration
project in Logan County is under way and is beginning to attract
waterfowl and rare butterflies to its natural environment. However,
wildlife is not the only thing attracted to the prairie. Local
educators see its educational possibilities, and UK students
have been working and learning at the site. In order to fund
Hall's Prairie's educational component, a permanent endowment
must be established to generate annual support ($10,000).
- Build the future: Most of our agriculture students need scholarships
to help with education expenses, but our current scholarships
meet only a very small percentage of that need. We need to substantially
expand our scholarship program. Full tuition scholarships ($4,000
per year) and tuition and housing scholarships ($8,100 per year)
are particularly desired.
For example, attracting state 4-H and FFA leaders to the UK
College of Agriculture means we must be able to offer them scholarships.
In the past, we have missed some opportunities because little
or no scholarship support was available. If you were in 4-H
and/or FFA or have a heart for students in these programs, please
consider creating a scholarship.
Another example is scholarships for students in Alpha Gamma
Rho, CERES, and FarmHouse. If you were a member of AGR, CERES,
or FarmHouse, why not fund a scholarship for one or more of
your fellow brothers or sisters?
If you would like more information about one of these projects
or need assistance finding the project that meets your interests,
Bill Sheets at (859) 257-7200 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
All gifts are tax-deductible.
Horticulture Fund Established to Honor
Robert E. McNiel
As advisor of the University of Kentucky Horticulture Club, Robert
McNiel, Extension professor in Horticulture, has coordinated educational
tours of the industry and gardens since the early 1980s. Over
180 students have participated in the club's travels throughout
the United States, northwestern Europe, New Zealand, and China.
A special enrichment fund has been created to honor Dr. McNiel
and his efforts in horticulture education through courses, study
trips, and the UK Horticulture Club.
The Robert E. McNiel Horticulture Enrichment Fund will support
student and faculty travel to research horticultural technologies
in the United States and abroad.
This travel enhances Kentucky's horticulture and landscaping industry,
educates students, invigorates faculty research programs, and
broadens students' perspectives through interaction with industry
professionals around the world.
This permanent fund has been created with the help of the Associated
Landscape Contractors of America, and a dollar-for-dollar match
has been made by the state's Research Challenge Trust Fund. However,
we must raise $25,000 in additional gifts and pledges in order
to meet our commitment for the match. To date, more than $6,500
has been raised, but we need at least $19,000 more. We can reach
that goal with your help.
By giving to the Robert E. McNiel Horticulture Enrichment Fund,
many former students, industry professionals, colleagues, and
friends are acknowledging Dr. McNiel and the learning opportunities
he creates beyond the classroom. They are ensuring that future
generations of students will have the resources they need to enrich
their education and careers.
If you are interested in joining the effort to honor
Dr. McNiel, please contact
in Ag Alumni and Development at
(859) 257-7211 or
Gifts & Pledges
As of Dec. 31, 2002
UK Campaign Commitments:
Percentage of Goal: 93%
College of Agriculture Goal: $54,500,000
College Campaign Commitments: $55,394,438
Percentage of Goal: 101.6 %
Jeff Pendleton, outgoing alumni association president, presented
a $60,000 "check" to Dean Scott Smith at December's
Winter Event for alumni pledges made during the 2002 phonathon.
Everyone Benefits from
A Gift Annuity
Would you like to receive an additional income for life? Would
you like to provide a fixed income for the life of a loved one?
How would you like to save on taxes this year?
If any of these possibilities sounds interesting to you, why
not consider a charitable gift annuity? UK is excited to offer
a new way to benefit our donors as well as the University.
- How does a gift annuity work?
In return for a contribution, and pursuant to a signed agreement,
UK agrees to make fixed payments for life to the donor or the
donor's designee. The minimum amount to establish an annuity
- Who may receive payments from the annuity?
Payments may be made to up to two beneficiaries. While typically
donors name themselves as benficiaries, an annuity can also
be established to benefit someone else, such as a parent or
- What will be the amount of my payments?
Annuity payments will be determined at the time the annuity
is created and will be based on the age(s) of the beneficiaries
at that time.
Are there tax advantages with a gift annuity?
Yes. The donor receives a charitable tax deduction in the year
of the gift. In addition, a portion of the annuity payments
will be tax-free, representing a return of the principal contributed.
- How does a gift annuity benefit UK?
At the end of the beneficiary's life (or, with a two-life annuity,
the end of both lives), the remainder of the principal transferred
will be used to support the work of UK.
- Can I contribute securities or real estate for a gift annuity?
Yes. In fact, contributing highly appreciated assets that have
been held for more than 12 months offers additional tax savings.
The donor pays no tax on the capital gain attributable to the
charitable gift portion of the contribution. If the donor is
a beneficiary, the gain attributable to the annuity payments
does not need to be recognized in the year of the gift but can
be reported in equal increments over the donor's life expectancy.
- I don't need additional income now, so is a gift annuity wrong
Not necessarily. A donor may want to consider a deferred annuity
with payments to begin at some time in the future.
The charitable deduction is still received in the year of the
gift, which may help offset current, higher income.
For more information on charitable gift annuities,
contact the Ag Alumni and Development office at (859) 257-7200
or Bill Sheets, director for advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Will Be
Is it your desire to create a perpetual legacy that will have
a constant impact on the lives of others? Consider the UK Bequest
Society, a program that recognizes alumni and friends who include
the University of Kentucky in their wills.
Create Your Legacy
- Designate your gift to support a college or program that is
important to you.
- Honor or memorialize a loved one in perpetuity through a named
- Enhance the University's quest for excellence in the 21st
- Specify any amount in your will.
There is no minimum required for membership.
For more information, please contact:
Associate Director of Planned Giving
229 William B. Sturgill Development Building
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0015
(859) 257-7303 or (800) 875-6272