Funding Partners

AIKCU works with its member campuses to develop relationships with foundations, corporations, and individuals that help support support scholarships for independent college students and collaborative initiatives. Giving through the association is an efficient and effective way to support students at multiple independent college campuses with a single contribution. And those dollars go directly to support students — AIKCU never collects administrative fees on funds designated for student scholarships.

The AIKCU Named Scholars program is designed to build meaningful partnerships between Kentucky’s corporate and foundation communities and students at independent colleges and universities throughout the Commonwealth. These major partners in the Named Scholars Program provide significant support to AIKCU students in their quest to obtain a four-year degree.


Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky proves its commitment to the community, as well as to the state, through both monetary contributions and personal involvement of TMMK team members in a variety of organizations. Toyota believes its responsibility is to support various organizations that improve the quality of life across the Commonwealth. The Toyota Scholarship assists low-income and minority students at each AIKCU institution. Toyota has supported AIKCU students since 1986.

Meet the 2012 Toyota Named Scholars (PDF)

Related blog post: Toyota provides $70,000 in scholarships for AIKCU students

UPS Foundation 

The UPS Foundation supports a wide range of scholarship programs to ensure students have the opportunity to pursue higher education. Through the Foundation for Independent Higher Education (now merged with the Council of Independent Colleges), the UPS Foundation supports student scholarships at each of the nation’s independent colleges.

Meet the UPS Named Scholars

Related blog post: AIKCU distributes $48,000 in UPS scholarships


LG&E and Kentucky Utilities

The LG&E and KU Foundation represents LG&E and KU Energy LLC and its subsidiaries — Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E), Kentucky Utilities (KU) and Old Dominion Power (ODP) — as the philanthropic arm for charitable giving.

Committed to social responsibility, the LG&E and KU Foundation proactively supports many philanthropic initiatives with the intent to improve the quality of life in communities where the Company provides service. Through Foundation giving, LG&E and KU Energy LLC and its subsidiaries are able to play a definitive role in strengthening the communities where they have a presence.

Kentucky Utilities was one of the founding donors of the Kentucky Independent College Foundation (a precursor of AIKCU) in 1952.

Related blog post: LG&E and KU Foundation provides $50,000 in scholarships to AIKCU students


Whayne Supply Company

Established in 1913 and head-quartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Whayne Supply Company is one of the nation’s oldest and largest Caterpillar dealerships.