PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The 2019 SOAR Summit Friday included a variety of speakers, announcements, and projects that were devoted to the future of Appalachia.
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto spoke to attendees about the university and how it is working to be a part of the change in the region.
“Your priorities are our priorities,” Capilouto said to the crowd.
Capilouto said the school noticed an unmet financial need in many of its students, which was causing them to struggle and forcing some of them drop their classes.
"We know if we can close that gap, the likelihood of that student completing their college degree in four years increases greatly. "
He said the school created a pilot program to create grants to assist students in need. According to Capilouto, the program is an investment in the future.
“It works, so we’re investing more in it,” Capilouto said.
He said the school is now working to raise $300 million to invest in student scholarships.
“We owe our deepest commitment to them to keep those doors to a college education open,” he said. “And we’re committed to it.”