Office of Alumni & Philanthropy


The University of Kentucky College of Engineering is a national top-100 institution which boasts the highest-ranked engineering program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The College recruits, trains and graduates outstanding engineering professionals who apply their expertise to our world’s most daunting technological challenges.

The College relies on the gifts of generous partners to expand the support it offers its engineering students through competitive undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships, as well as the ability to attract world-class faculty and build captivating facilities.

Donating to the UK College of Engineering is more than just writing a check. It is an investment in people—from first-generation college students to faculty members making noteworthy contributions to their respective fields. Browse our site to learn more about how to give, different methods for giving, the College’s targeted priorities, stories that highlight where gifts are making an impact and more!

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Making Advancement Possible: Stories of Impact

New Engineering Student Commons Named in Honor of Asit K. Ray

A new student commons named after Asit K. Ray, longtime University of Kentucky chemical engineering professor who passed away in November 2014, opened Friday in F. Paul Anderson Tower.

Pigmans View Scholarship Recipients as Family

When Stanley and Karen Pigman give scholarships to financially-challenged students seeking an engineering education, they offer far more than money.

Giving Back: Jim and Gay Hardymon

Civil engineering alumnus Jim Hardymon (BSCE ’56; MSCE ’58) and his wife, Gay, not only believe in making a difference through their philanthropy now, they have the college in their estate plan so they can continue enriching the lives of UK engineering students and faculty for generations to come.

Giving Back: D. Ralph Young

After graduating with an electrical engineering degree in 1953, Mr. Young devoted nearly 40 years to overseeing international power projects. In addition to the scholarship he and his wife, Janice, award annually, Mr. Young has created a planned gift for a scholarship in memory of his late wife, Charlotte.

Giving Back: Tom Lester

Former dean Tom Lester knows the power of deferred philanthropy. His own estate plan, which he is developing with his wife, Frances, is geared toward supporting the Thomas W. Lester Scholarship program—the college’s undergraduate scholarship program that was renamed in his honor in 2011.

Marberry Scholarship Links Past with the Future

Mike Marberry is CEO of J.M. Huber, one of the largest family-owned companies in the world. Huber, in existence for about 130 years, manufactures a broad range of engineered materials that includes products like pharmaceutical and food ingredients as well as specialty chemicals and structural wood panels.