Matt Barton, UK Agricultural Communications SpecialistThe College of Kentucky (UK) won a $1.5 million donation from James Coleman to fortify traditionally underrepresented scholars in agriculture, herbal sources, and comparable sciences stage paths.
Coleman, a Kentucky local and descendent of enslaved folks, runs Coleman Crest Farm close to UK. To honor his past due spouse, Cathy, and the legacy of his circle of relatives’s farm, Coleman’s present will create the Cathy and James Coleman Scholarship Fund in UK’s School of Agriculture, Meals, and Surroundings (CAFE).
The fund will get advantages scholars who’re individuals of the Minorities in Agriculture, Herbal Sources, and Comparable Sciences Program (MANRRS).
“I need to assist UK’s agriculture scholars to obtain the data and sensible talents to achieve success leaders in agriculture,” mentioned Coleman. “I need them with the intention to cross right into a financial institution and feature an informed dialog with a lender about why they will have to have the ability to get a mortgage to shop for a farm, elevate cattle, and bring vegetation to fortify their households and bring generational wealth the similar manner my nice grandparents did for greater than 300 in their descendants right through the ultimate 134 years.”
Coleman didn’t graduate from UK. He mentioned that he admired the School of Agriculture, Meals, and Surroundings’s dean, Dr. Nancy Cox, when she visited Coleman Crest Farm in 2020.
“We’re happy that Jim is opting for to honor his past due spouse Cathy and the legacy of his circle of relatives’s farm on this manner,” mentioned Cox, who could also be UK’s vice chairman for land-grant engagement. “He is inspiring our MANRRS scholars and appearing them they may be able to accomplish anything else they got down to do.”
When absolutely endowed, the scholarship fund will supply greater than $75,000 yearly and in perpetuity to fortify scholars.