UK Fellows Society


For more than 150 years, the University of Kentucky has relied on the generous support of its community. Starting with donations from 150 Central Kentucky farmers and townspeople, UK established its campus in Lexington and has grown into the Commonwealth’s flagship university, offering an exception land-grant education and strengthening the state through its research, service and creative pursuits.

Now, a select group of alumni, friends, foundations, corporations and organizations are continuing the founders’ legacy. The UK Fellows Society recognizes the outstanding contributions of UK’s greatest supporters. Created in 1966, the Fellows enrolled 41 new members and raised $2.5 million in its first few years, and its membership and momentum continues to grow. Every year, new Fellows enhance the opportunities on campus for UK students, improving its academics, programs, research, creative endeavors and service offerings.

Fellows are recognized at different levels based on their cumulative giving and pledges to any area of the university. Their membership qualifies them for special perks, including access to special events. A list of recognition levels is below.

To learn more about the UK Fellows Society, view our informational brochure or contact Sarah Fitzgerald, Stewardship Officer, at (859) 257-7894 or To join, please fill out our online form.

Recognition Levels

Frank LeRond McVey Fellows contribute $25,000 - $49,999 in cash or cash equivalent. Individual donor recognition begins at the McVey level.

Henry Stites Barker Fellows contribute $50,000 - $99,999 in cash or cash equivalent. Recognition of corporations, foundations, trust, and organizations begins at the Barker level.

Frank G. Dickey Fellows contribute $100,000 - $249,999 in cash or cash equivalent.

John Bryan Bowman Fellows contribute $250,000 - $499,999 in cash or cash equivalent.

James Kennedy Patterson Fellows contribute $500,000 - $999,999 in cash or cash equivalent.

Presidential Fellows contribute $1,000,000 - $4,999,999 in cash or cash equivalent.

Commonwealth Fellows contribute $5,000,000 or more in cash or cash equivalent.

UK Fellows Society members will begin receiving the Kentucky Alumni Magazine quarterly, starting with the spring 2021 issue. This is a new benefit to the UK Fellows Membership. Kentucky Alumni Magazine is published by the UK Alumni Association and includes articles about the university — its people and issues, its goals and achievements, its heritage, and plans for the future. It is a great way to stay connected to your UK family!