She comes by that ambition honestly—she grew up as part of the family dairy operation, which in 2000 became Chaney's Dairy Barn, a successful agritourism enterprise in Bowling Green.
Chaney, a senior in agricultural economics, Ag Ambassador, and leader in dairy organizations on campus and nationally, is the first recipient of the Turner Scholarship Fund, established for first-generation college students in memory of the late Larry Turner. Turner was associate dean for extension when he died in the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in August 2006.
In June of that year, Turner and his wife Lois attended the grand opening of the new Letcher County Cooperative Extension office and met William Ison, who was to be a freshman at UK that fall.
The couple talked at length with him, who like the Turners themselves, was a first-generation college student.
"Dr. Turner was a real down-to-earth guy," Ison said. "That meeting got my hopes up about UK and what I could achieve there."
Lois Turner remembered Ison when setting up the scholarship, which she says is "really a gift from the hundreds of people throughout the state related to the College of Agriculture who gave money in Larry's memory."
Chaney is honored to receive the Turner scholarship. "Dr. Turner was someone my family looked up to."