The University of Kentucky has announced a $10 million gift from Mira Ball to establish a scholarship program that addresses the unmet financial needs of students from two counties in the state.
The single largest scholarship gift in the university's history will support the UK LEADS (Leveraging Economic Affordability for Developing Success) initiative, with a focus on students from Nelson and Henderson counties, where Ball and her late husband, Don, were born. The gift — part of the Don and Mira Ball Endowed Scholarship Program — will fund dozens of undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students from the two counties and surrounding areas, with a focus on addressing unmet financial need.
Mira and Don Ball met at UK and graduated from the university before launching the homebuilding company Ball Homes. The couple has helped support dozens of other initiatives across the state, including the Hope Center, which provides comprehensive assistance for the homeless and addicted.
"The incredible generosity of Mira and Don Ball is being felt right here and right now at our university, but its impact will extend across time and across generations in our commonwealth," said UK president Eli Capilouto. "The ripple effect of this gift will be to build stronger families, stronger communities, and a healthier, more vibrant state."
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