Tanner Thompson – a.k.a. “Scratch”

Photo of Tanner Thomspon seated and smiling

Tanner Thompson, from Monticello, Kentucky, is triple majoring in accounting, finance and management. That means he’s usually reading, studying or attending classes. However, on game day, Tanner transforms into the fun-loving, cheerleading mascot known as Scratch.

As one of the University of Kentucky’s mascots, Tanner receives a scholarship that helps cover his tuition and living costs. Because Tanner is triple majoring, he will finish with 174 credits— “Definitely not cheap!” he says with a laugh. Scholarship support has enabled Tanner to find his place within UK’s campus community.

“While living on campus, I loved the sense of community that I was able to develop in the residence halls. Especially as a freshman, I was surrounded by people who were trying to navigate the same new waters that I was. As a first-generation student, I found a sense of comfort in my living learning community. Not to mention, the accessibility to all the services that campus has to offer.”

Tanner will graduate in December 2022, after which he plans to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). His scholarship is also providing him with the financial flexibility necessary to take the CPA exam after he graduates.

“The donors make such an impact upon our schooling. School is stressful and worrying about how to pay for school is even more stressful. The donors help alleviate that so we can focus on being college students.”

Your gift to The Fund for UK goes toward initiatives that advance the university’s mission, including scholarships for go-getters like Tanner!

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