Peden Fund Grants | ECTC

Peden Fund Grants

Students and faculty showcased research during a conference made possible by a grant from the Peden Fund.

ECTC is grateful to collaborate with Central Kentucky Community Foundation (CKCF) to ensure faculty and students have the opportunity to apply for grants from the Peden Fund, managed by CKCF. This collaboration has provided funding that enables faculty and student organizations to further their educational pursuits, supporting activities like professional development, conference attendance, and study abroad.

Full-time faculty and student organizations with a faculty advisor are invited to submit applications for activities and/or projects designed to “enable students and professors to further their educational pursuits.”  Applicants must apply for each semester/summer term of project activity. Group applications are acceptable.

About the Peden Fund

The Pedens established an $800,000 trust dedicated to ECTC faculty for the success of students. The Trust was executed in 2007 after the passing of Melva Peden in 2006 and is managed by the  Central Kentucky Community Foundation. Kennard’s motivation in establishing this fund was to help others advance their education. He wanted to provide funds to equip the ECTC faculty with the latest skills and resources to remain relevant in the classroom, which in turn promotes student success. CKCF is proud to carry out the desire of the Pedens and foster continuing education for the faculty and staff at ECTC.

Kennard Peden grew up in Louisville, KY. Despite growing up in the Commonwealth’s largest and most urban city, his calling was to be a farmer and to cultivate the rural lands. As a young man, he received a scholarship to attend Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, and he hoped to study agriculture and engineering. However, this dream would never be realized because the Great Depression and other responsibilities kept him home. Because of this, he wanted to ensure others had the opportunity to attend college. He began a lifetime of service as a community leader so others may pursue their educational goals.

Kennard is a founding director of North Central Education Foundation. The first job of NCEF was to create a local college to educate the people of the Hardin County region. NCEF bought 227 acres in Elizabethtown, KY, and deeded 55 acres to the University of Kentucky system to create Elizabethtown Community College (now Elizabethtown Community & Technical College.) Kennard leased the remainder of the land to farm grains and raise cattle. He later sold the farm and moved to Elizabethtown to retire. He was a member of the First Federal Savings Bank (now WesBanco) Board of Directors for decades.

Kennard was always interested in enhancing the community. He was instrumental in bringing electricity and telephone service to rural Hardin County.

Melva Peden was a dedicated homemaker. She and Kennard were partners in everything, including farming. She was always at his side.

Past Peden Fund Grant Recipients

Year Faculty Member Recipient / Project
  • Jaqueline Hawkins - 2024 All-Collegiate Choir
  • Jaime Miracle - Student Veterans of America National Conference
  • Navin Madras - Phi Theta Kappa International Convention 2024
  • Kevin Parrett - Celebrating Global Education, CCID Conference
  • David Late - VEX Robotics World Championships
  • Martha Page - Educational Trip to Switzerland, Germany, and Italy w/ CU
  • Amy Fox-Angerer - Kentucky National Great Teacher Seminar
  • Navin Madras - KY Nat. Great Teachers Seminar
  • Jacqueline Hawkins - Music Appreciation: A Year at the Opera
  • Fredericka Pate - ECTC Culinary Arts Club
  • Miky Wright - 50th AMATYC Annual Conference
  • Michael Barlow - NSAFAA Annual Conference
  • Jamie Miracle - 15th Annual Student Veterans of America National Conference
  • Brent Doty - 3D Experience World 2023
  • Kevin Parrett - American Association of Colleges and Universities conference in January 2023
  • Martha Page - Belize School of Education Trip 2023
  • Kae Cooper - ECTC Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society - International Convention
  • Jennifer Yates - Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) 37th Annual Conference
  • Jacqueline Hawkins - KMEA All-Collegiate Choir 2023
  • Rachel Ray - Native Art Research Project
  • David Late - VEX Robotics World Championships Trip
  • Kevin Parrett - Familiarization trip to Cuba that leads to a student tour of Cuba
  • Miky Wright - 2023 Mathematical Association of America MathFest
  • Brent Doty - Autodesk University 2023
  • Mathematical Association of America MathFest
  • Radio Telemetry
  • Professional Development
  • Nanotechnology
  • Gideon Counts – American Welding Soc. Seminar
  • Kae Cooper, Kevin Parrett – PTK Annual Convention
  • Kevin Parrett – CCID Conference
  • Andrew Rhinehart – All-Collegiate Choir
  • Gary Stearns, Rachel Ray, Jim Murley - Pathenon Field Trip
  • Kevin Parrett, Navin Madras - Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention
  • Brent Doty - Solidworks World Conference
  • Joe Galloway - All-Collegiate Choir
  • Kevin Parrett - CCID Conference
  • Tiffany McFalls-Smith - Gross Anatomy for Teacher Education
  • Jack Johnson - Autodesk University Conference
  • FYE Student Club (Sharon Saquay) - FYE Tutoring component
  • Kevin Parrett - Generation Study Abroad: Cuba
  • Jim Murley - World Art @the Speed
  • Mary Rigney - et al, Trip to National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Kevin Parrett - Phi Theta Kappa International Convention
  • Jill Erwin - 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • Joseph Galloway - KY All-Collegiate Choir
  • Rachel Ray - Study Abroad Program Research Trip to Malawi
  • Dr. John Waldron - North American Dendroecological Fieldweek
  • Joseph Galloway - ECTC Choristers KY All-Collegiate Choir
  • Jack Johnson - Solidwork's World 2016 Conference
  • Jim Murley - Independent Study of Italian Renaissance Art
  • Kevin Parrett - Phi Theta Kappa International Convention
  • Rachel Ray - National Council Education for Ceramic Arts Conference
  • Paul Sturgeon - STEM Scholarship
  • Paul Sturgeon - LEAF-STEM Workgroup
  • Tiffany McFalls-Smith, Jennifer Yates, Cindy Dixon - Gross Anatomy for Teacher Education (GATE) Training Program
  • Jack Johnson - Autodesk Educators Summit
  • Navin Madras - Phi Theta Kappa Honors Institute
  • Martha Wolfe - Continuation of the KCTCS Summer Biology Workshop
  • Kevin Parrett - AACU Annual Conference

Application Information and Requirements

Applications for Summer/Fall 2024 awards are due by March 25, 2024.

Applicants must agree to:

  • Apply the funds only to the specific purpose described in their application.
  • Provide a detailed budget of how the funds will be spent on the project/activity to achieve the purpose for which they were requested.
  • Faculty member(s) must teach at ECTC for at least 12 months after completing the project/activity for which the funds were awarded, or said funds must be repaid to the Peden Trust by the faculty member.
  • Failure to comply with any of the application criteria may jeopardize any future requests by the applicant.
  • Faculty receiving funds will be expected to provide a written report and share a presentation during a professional development activity for faculty and staff.

Contact Information

Dan Lloyd, Chair, Peden Fund Committee. 270-706-8551,  

Dr. Megan Stith, Chief Advancement Officer. 270-706-8721,