CI Endowments & Program Funds

Bingham Foundation Arts Journalism Endowment Fund (JAT) was established in 1985 and supports a course in arts reporting and reviewing in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications.

Dr. Gifford Blyton Professorship (Comm) was established in the Department of Communication to honor Dr. Gifford Blyton. Dr. Blyton taught speech and communications from 1948 to 1975 at UK and coached the debate team for 21 years. This gift was made possible through the efforts of several of his former students. Stanley Craig, a 1966 graduate of UK, took the lead in this effort. Money from the endowment is used to support public speaking, oral communication education and research. Dr. Enid Waldhart was named as the first chair in 2003. Dr. Deanna Sellnow, the current chair, is beginning her second three-year term.

James C. Bowling Executive-in-Residence Lecture Series (JAT) is held annually in the fall and brings to campus a nationally-recognized public relations professional. While here they spend time working with student groups, consulting with faculty and administrators on current PR tactics and business trends and visiting with area public relations firms and other community professionals. The inaugural event speaker in 1999 was Harold Burson, chairman and founder of the public relations firm Burson-Marsteller Inc.  Each year in conjunction with the lecture an Excellence in Public Relations Award is presented.  For a list of all past speakers go to:; for a list of award recipients go to:

CI Enrichment Fund (College-Wide) can be used to support College awards, student activities, special events in the College, or other College needs at the discretion of the Dean.

Conversation with Lewis Donohew Fund supports the production, editing and distribution of a documentry on the history and development of the Communication program at the University of Kentucky.  The documentry will feature conversations with Lewis Donohew and others about many of the events, topics and time periods in the process of development of the program.

Joe Creason Lecture Series Fund (JAT) was established in 1975 in memory of Joe Creason, an honored alumnus and a distinguished journalist. Each year a journalism professional is brought to campus to present the annual Creason Lecture. For a list of past speakers go to:

Enid Waldhart Emergency Fund (GPC) was created to honor Dr. Waldhart.  Dr. Waldhart retired from the Department of Communication in June 2007.  This fund provides support to students currently enrolled in the Graduate Program in Communication to meet emergency needs. The student must hold or have held a teaching assistantship in the Department of Communication or a research assistantship under the direction of a Department of Communication faculty member.  The student must express need to the selection committee and complete the application for a short-term loan to cover the emergency or unexpected expense.  Those emergencies can include flights/trips home to be with family on death or after learning of a terminal health diagnosis of a family member, personal illness, or for any unexpected or unusual expense they incur while enrolled in the Graduate Program.  If the student is approved, they must agree to complete the UK Short-term loan application and, if the loan is to be repaid, a UK short-term promissory note application. The recipients of the fund are determined by a selection committee

Leddin Graduate Program Lecture Series Fund (GPC) was established by Jamie and Patrick Leddin. The fund establishes a semi-annual "Leddin Lecture Series" for the Graduate Student Association (GSA).

Gidel/Lombardo Family Fund for Academic and Program Excellence (JAT) was established in 2006 by Robert and Linda Gidel and members the Lombardo family. This fund honors their son, Robert (Rob) W. Gidel. Rob is a 2006 graduate of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. Funds from the endowment may be used to support scholarships, internships, workshops, distinguished alumni lectures, student travel, seminar speakers, publications, to provide assistance to extracurricular student organizations and clubs, student recruitment, and other related activities. Because of Rob's interest in sports broadcasting, a sports journalism lecture is presented annually. The first lecture in was given in 2009. The guest speaker was Bob Costas.  For a list of speakers go to:

Graduate Student Development Fund (GPC) funds graduate scholarships, travel expenses and other student needs.

Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues (JAT) was established in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications in 2004. The institute’s most public face is the Rural Blog, a digest of events, trends, and issues in journalism in rural America. The institute holds national conferences and partners with several institutions to develop its programs, to expand its outreach activities, and to develop a clearinghouse for curricula related to rural journalism and community issues. The Institute director is Al Cross.  The endowment also allows for the naming of a Tall Grass Farm Graduate Fellowship annually.  The donors preference is for rural female graduate students in CI but if none are available, all students may be considered. 

iNET Program Fund (College and University-wide) supports the activities of  iNET, hosted by the College.  Funds can be used for activities such as the Summer High School I-Academy, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence, the Colloquia Television Series, the Venture Challenge or other student competitions, workshops or conferences, program speakers for student workshops and conferences, student travel, and scholarships.

J.A. McCauley Fund for Academic Excellence Fund (JAT) can be used for travel stipends, tuition scholarships or other student needs as determined by the selection committee. The fund honors the memory of “Mr. Mac” for his 30 years of service to the UK School of Journalism and its students. McCauley is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame (1984).

Lois Mai Chan SLIS Student Enrichment Fund (SIS) was established to honor Dr. Lois Mai Chan and her 40 plus years of service to the School and its students. Dr. Chan retired in December 2011. When endowed, funds may be used for scholarships, travel to professional meetings or internship programs, poster and paper presentations. No awards are being made at this time. 

Anne Y. McConnell Fund (SIS) was established in 1988 and is used to provide for the enrichment of programs of the School of Information Science, particularly in the field of children’s literature and services. Funds also support the McConnell Center for the study of youth literature and the annual McConnell Youth Literature Conference.  The Center director is Dr. Stephanie Reynolds.

School of Journalism Development/Capital Fund (JAT) supports physical improvements of the student facilities in the Grehan Building, student equipment and other facility needs.

School of Information Science Director’s Fund for Excellence (SIS) supports technology enhancement needs, student and alumni events, faculty support for educational and enhancement opportunities, collaborations, and support of student travel to professional conferences.

Scripps Howard First Amendment Center Fund (JAT) funds activities that support the First Amendment. The center hosts various lectures and public debates on those issues. Scripps Howard made a $250,000 pledge in 2006 in support of the center’s activities. The Center director is Dr. Mike Farrell.

Tournament of Champions Charitable Fund (Debate) supports activities of the annual Tournament of Champions and can be used for fee reductions for participating teams, the annual Breakfast of Champions event, meals for competitors, academic scholarships for champions, travel grants, and an annual J.W. Patterson Policy Debate Scholarship to the TOC Policy Debate Champion 

Irwin Warren Lecture Series in Advertising (JAT) was created by Pat Mutchler, a 1976 graduate of the School's journalism program. This fund honors Irwin Warren, creator of some of the nation's most successful advertising campaigns.  The fund will bring a guest lecturer to campus annually. This lecturer will provide both students and faculty with access to thought leaders in the industry, assist in keeping the program curriculum up-to-date on industry issues, meet with faculty to discuss current industry trends and appropriate student preparation for careers in the field.