LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2022) — UK Invests is a first-of-its-kind initiative announced recently by the University of Kentucky.
It is a wellness effort, anchored by financial education. The premise: provide access to every student on the UK campus with a low-risk investment account. UK will match investments that students make, in small increments, for participating in healthy behaviors — such as going to the gym, conducting a wellness visit or participating in a student organization.
The idea is that micro-investments can have a macro impact. Further, according to UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday, UK Invests underscores the idea that there is tremendous long-term potential and value in a University of Kentucky degree — so much that the institution should start investing in that promise now, long before students graduate.
Monday, along with a team of UK administrators and staff, have been working on UK Invests for several months and will be rolling it out to the entire campus community over the next several months, starting this September with UK’s nearly 600 student athletes.
In this episode of “Behind the Blue,” Monday discusses the initiative — its goals and how it fits into a holistic approach to student wellness.
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