UK Alumni Association, alumni clubs honor scholarship recipients; Michelle Allen receives Burch Award

This year, 179 students received scholarships totaling $192,900 from either the UK Alumni Association, a UK Alumni Association club or from the Collegiate Plate Scholarship fund for the 2018-2019 academic year. They were honored at the annual UK Alumni Scholarship Celebration on Friday, Sept. 21, at the Bill Gatton Student Center.

Fourteen clubs were recognized for donating $3,000 or more to their scholarship fund in 2017-2018: Greater Ashland, Christian County, Clark County, Fayette County, Fulton County, Hopkins County, Greater Houston, Jacksonville, Greater Louisville, McCracken County, Naples/Ft. Myers, Greater Nashville, Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati and Sarasota/Suncoast.

In addition to the scholarship announcements, Michelle Bishop Allen ’06 ’10 BE was honored with the Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Award.

Allen, of Versailles, is a past member of the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors and Young Alumni Council. She earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance in 2006 and her MBA in 2010 from the Gatton College of Business and Economics. She is

Photo by Tim Webb
Photo by Tim Webb

currently director of strategic accounts for Valvoline, where she has worked for 12 years. She served on the Young Women Lead Board, and she is an advocate for SOAR, a women’s professional leadership development program. In addition, Allen facilitated a women’s leadership development program at Ashland/Valvoline in 2015. As a student, she served as a senator-at-large in the Student Government Association, was president of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and served as vice president of Kappa Alpha Theta. Allen also participated in the Student Development Council, was a campus tour guide and served as one of five UK Ambassadors, a group that spoke at alumni clubs across the country.

Scholarship winners recorded the video below thanking donors for their generous gifts to UK that allows them to attend school here.

For more information about UK Alumni Association scholarship, please visit www.ukalumni.net/scholarships.

Photos by Tim Webb


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