Story Category: Education

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton is known for three things: her music, her big hair, and her big heart for early literacy! But the latter is why the country artist and humanitarian’s Imagination Library has continued to grow throughout the country. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library allows children from birth to age 5 to… Read More

APPHARVEST: Planting Seeds to Feed the Future

AppHarvest and Blue Grass Community Foundation began their partnership in 2021 through Appalachia Rises, a collaborative flood-relief effort for Eastern Kentucky. The partnership between BGCF and AppHarvest deepened when AppHarvest established a corporate charitable foundation at the Community Foundation. Now, AppHarvest is, yet again, investing in Eastern Kentucky – and… Read More

Rowan County Community Fund Provides Chromebooks for Students

When the Rowan County Community Fund advisory board learned 45 Rowan County students did not have a computer to use for virtual learning, the fund awarded a $9,000 grant to Rowan County Public Schools to purchase Chromebooks. “Your generous contribution has made a difficult situation much easier for these students,”… Read More

Making the Dream of College a Reality: MacLellan Scholarship

Baylee Oldham thought her dream of getting a college education would always be just that — a dream. “I could never have gone to college without the MacLellan Scholarship,” said Baylee Oldham, who graduated cum laude with a GPA of 3.7 from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree… Read More

Providing Diverse + Creative Solutions: Bilal ibn Rabah Scholarship

Hadeel Abdallah, a University of Kentucky Rhodes Scholar from Lexington, wanted to create a scholarship for students of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Working with UK Philanthropy, she created the Bilal ibn Rabah Scholarship, which rewards deserving UK students who have overcome adversity and want to fight for justice and equality. Read More

Grants Awarded to Aid Virtual Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic

As Fayette County Public Schools prepare to open for virtual instruction, Blue Grass Community Foundation and its fundholders awarded $19,000 in grants to William Wells Brown Elementary School to facilitate the transition to virtual learning for educators and students. Grant funding will support the following programs: Leapfrog Pen Readers and… Read More