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Virtual 5K Raises More Than $3,000 for Law Student Emergency Fund

The UK J. David Rosenberg College of Law held a virtual 5K, Race Judicata, the weekend of May 16-17 to raise money for the Law Student Emergency Fund, which provides financial resources for current students experiencing unexpected hardship because of an emergency or crisis.

More than 50 people participated, including faculty, staff, alumni and friends, and the event raised more than $3,000 for the fund. In addition to donating, participants were asked to complete a 5K on their own and share photos on social media using the hashtag, #RaceJudicataUKY.

“This fund gives our students a boost when they have unexpected events or circumstances come up that stretch their finances beyond the brink. Law students are often already on tight budgets, so an emergency can be devastating financially, emotionally and academically,” said David Wright, assistant dean of student services. “We are able to utilize these funds to support our students through significant challenges by providing some immediate support to help cover rent, bills or other expenses.

“By getting resources to our students in crisis, we not only give them financial support but also relieve some stress or anxiety that allows them to be their best in studying the law.”

Funds are distributed as grants that do not need to be repaid. Students must apply for the grant, which is available to law students in good academic standing who are enrolled full-time at the Rosenberg College of Law or as dual-degree students. The award is limited to no more than $1,000.

“The college is incredibly grateful for this support from our entire community,” said Angelica Prekopa, philanthropy officer for UK Rosenberg Law. “We thank you for giving so generously and for this united show of encouragement for some of our most vulnerable students.”

For more information about the Law Student Emergency Scholarship Fund, visit