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John R. Hall Endowment for Education

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KET was founded in 1968 with the single purpose to equalize educational resources and opportunities for all of Kentucky’s citizens. Harnessing the power of technology, KET became the state’s largest classroom, delivering accredited science, math and humanities instruction into every school.

KET’s cradle-to-career continuum of services includes early childhood resources for families and children, plus training and certification for childcare providers. KET’s nationally recognized GED-on-TV series began in 1975 to offer adult learners a pathway to literacy and/or college and career readiness, and now reaches 75 million households in all 50 states through PBS. At the heart of KET is education—our middle name. But just as KET’s state appropriations and primary funding source for education reduced 29.5% in six years, there was more work to be done, and lives to touch. So, KET moved in 2014 to establish this fund to secure our core mission and to honor one of KET’s—and education’s—longest-serving champions. John Hall, the retired CEO of Ashland, Inc., became founding chairman of the Commonwealth Fund for KET Board of Directors in 1994, a role he served in for 20 years.

With a $2 million goal, fundraising was completed in 2019 and today this fund serves as a lasting monument to KET’s and Mr. Hall’s imprint on Kentucky’s schools, teachers and learners of all ages and circumstance.

Join these generous donors in the building of the John R. Hall Endowment for Education:

  • A Morehead Friend (anonymous)
  • Anonymous
  • Ashland, Inc.
  • Mira Ball and the late Don Ball
  • James E. and the late Lucy Bassett, III
  • Brown-Forman
  • Mr. and Mrs. James R. Boyd
  • Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Bullard
  • Mrs. Mary Butler
  • Eli and Mary Lynne Capilouto
  • Mr. and Mrs. James Carey
  • The C. E. and S. Foundation
  • Commonwealth Fund for KET
  • Ms. Clara DeWilde
  • Robert and Sue Wylie Fox
  • Virginia and the late Victor Fox
  • Catherine Hall Giannasi
  • The late Ambrose Givens
  • James E. and Anne I. Hall
  • Hardscuffle, Inc.
  • James F. and Gay G. Hardymon
  • Harper Industries, Inc.
  • Hilary Boone Foundation, Inc.
  • Jim and Pat Host
  • Humana Foundation
  • Husch Blackwell
  • Martha Rivers Ingram
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
  • Mr. John W. “Jack” Kessler
  • Dr. Roger J. and Julie W. Klein
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lee
  • Charles J. and Jo S. Luellen
  • Mrs. Nancy A. Mueller
  • The late Dorothy Murrell
  • The late Virginia Murrell
  • David and Wendy Novak, Lift for Life Foundation
  • James J. and Katherine O’Brien
  • Dr. Eric Ostertag and Zery Tavakoli
  • The Honorable Peggy P. Patterson and Mr. Charles E. Patterson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pecko
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Pettus
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pettus
  • Pin Oak Charitable Fund
  • The late O. Leonard and Lillian Press
  • Michael and Margaret Ruehling
  • Bishop William and Marlin Sanders
  • Phyllis Spears
  • Jim and Katy Stephenson
  • Kathy and Tommy Tompkins
  • Toyota U.S.A. Foundation
  • The Virginia Clark Hagan Charitable Foundation
  • Beverly T. Wagner
  • David and Gail Williams
  • Chris and Josefine Young
  • Harry Mac Zachem