In 1960, a group of community leaders from Hardin and surrounding counties created North Central Education Foundation and asked those interested in expanding education to invest in purchasing land for a college campus.

With investments from hundreds of individuals, businesses and organizations, the Foundation purchased 227 acres and established Elizabethtown Community College.

education1As the successor to North Central Education Foundation, our roots are firmly planted in education. Even as our work expands into various areas of community and economic development, education continues to be the cornerstone. Without comprehensive and relevant educational opportunities in place, the success of other efforts and development in our community could be jeopardized.

Other notable educational accomplishments and milestones for the region include:

  • education3In 1966, the Foundation helped found the forerunner to Elizabethtown Technical College, now ECTC
  • The Foundation donated land for the Central Regional Postsecondary Education Center.
  • More than thirty years ago the Foundation helped bring Western Kentucky University to Hardin County. In 2007, the Foundation donated 20 acres to WKU for its expansion in Elizabethtown, which will now be the home to Hardin County School’s Early College Career Center.
  • In 2001, the Foundation donated 6 acres for the new Hardin County Public Library.
  • The Foundation has awarded in excess of $1.2 million toward student scholarships, contributes to faculty and staff development and raises private money for capital projects.
  • Serves as the Educational Liaison at Ft. Knox, working with public and private P-12 and Post-Secondary institutions, to meet the changing educational needs in the community.
  • In January 2010, six institutions of higher learning began operations in a “first of its kind” multi-institution education center in the former Challenger Learning Center.
  • We work with numerous colleges and universities to provide a variety of educational experiences in the area.
  • In 2010, we became the philanthropic arm of Hardin County Schools by operating the Hardin County Education Fund.
  • Received a $2.42 million gift to establish the Llewellyn Scholarship Fund

Currently, Central Kentucky Community Foundation spearheads an early childhood education initiative called Get Ready! for families with children birth – 5 years old.

Get more information about Get Ready! and its impact in our community.

We also manage numerous scholarship funds that allow local students to continue their educational pursuits beyond high school. This year we are launching Scholarship Central, an online scholarship portal.

Learn more about our scholarship funds.


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