UK Federal Credit Union partners with Frederick Douglass High School to launch new student program

LEXINGTON, KY (May 10, 2023) — The University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union’s Program to Professional Careers at Frederick Douglass High School will begin in the fall of 2023. The program boasts a paid internship and in-school, student led branch. Housed under the Academy of Professional Services at Frederick Douglass High School (FDHS) this program will bridge the gap between education and application, providing career-readiness through exposure and experience in multiple fields.

“At Frederick Douglass High School we make learning relevant,” said Principal Lester Diaz. “The partnership with the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union is a great example of the learning linked to life. We are all excited about the opportunities this program will provide for our students.”

Through application and interviews, selected Student Interns will have the opportunity to manage and operate the UK Federal Credit Union (UKFCU) branch located in the school. Student Interns will learn the values of personal finance, customer service, and timely management skills as they offer banking services to FDHS students, faculty, and staff. In addition to banking basics, students will gain experience in communication, time management, public speaking, and member experience.

“Educating members of this community, both students and adults, about financial wellness is at the core of UK Federal Credit Union,” said David Kennedy, President & CEO of UKFCU. “Investing in students and providing real-life experiences they can use throughout their lifetime is a great privilege.”

The partnership between FDHS and UKFCU began in 2020 through a desire for a more sustainable form of financial education and making financial literacy equitable and accessible for high school students. The collaboration followed with planning for the Program, including curriculum, student expectations,

About UK Federal Credit Union

Founded in 1937 by members of UK’s College of Agriculture, the UK Federal Credit Union (UKFCU) has been proudly serving the University of Kentucky and Central Kentucky for 83 years. Driven by the core mission of members helping members achieve financial well-being, UKFCU has grown to nearly 100,000 members and over $1 billion in assets. UKFCU is a full-service financial institution offering a wide assortment of products and services, ranging from checking and savings accounts to auto loans and mortgages to commercial loans and investment services. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, UKFCU has six branch locations, and mobile and online banking to help keep members connected to their accounts. For information about how to join the UK Federal Credit Union, visit


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