A College Providing Leadership for Appalachia
Our founder, Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd, lived and served forty-five years after she came to Kentucky, intent upon producing well-educated, purpose-driven leaders for Appalachia. We continue her mission today, knowing that the need for mountain leaders is still great, as much now as ever.
This small, private college in the hills of eastern Kentucky accepts no direct federal, state, or local funding, but provides each of its qualified Appalachian students with as generous a financial aid package as students are likely to find anywhere — no out-of-pocket costs for tuition. In exchange, our students dedicate themselves to lives of service, working a minimum of 10 hours per week in our Student Work Program, which also helps to cover education costs.
Over half of our graduates are the first in their families to receive a four-year degree. Many of them go on to graduate or professional school, receiving continued financial assistance from the College as they pursue advanced degrees. Our programs have provided teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, and so much more for this region — leaders who can bring about positive, lasting change.
This extraordinary opportunity is made possible by the generosity of our “friends,” those people who financially support our unique mission. We invite you to explore these pages and discover why we deserve your support: there is simply no other place like this.
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Katie McFarland, a December 2015 graduate of Alice Lloyd College, is from Church Hill, Tennessee. While a student, she lightheartedly introduced herself as “Bob” one day—and this nickname is how she is affectionately known on campus. Bob is described by many of her peers as someone with a warm heart and a great sense of humor. Her charismatic personality has the ability to bring a smile and a comforted spirit to each person she encounters, and Bob certainly exemplifies what it means to be a servant leader.read more
Read Whitney Shell’s account of her career at Alice Lloyd College. Crediting the Student Work Program, ALC’s Teacher Education Program, and donations from our supporters, as well as her own resolve and determination, Whitney shares her journey to becoming a leader in the classroom tasked with shaping Appalachia’s future.read more
When Ralph Birkel heard of the economic devastation in Appalachia correlating to the declining coal economy, he said to his wife, Helen, “We have to do something.” After reading an article about Alice Lloyd College in 2010, they knew just how they were going to do...read more
When opposing teams take the court against the Alice Lloyd College women’s basketball team, they often do a double-take. At 17-4, the ALC Lady Eagles are off to the schools best record since 1996, and the resurgence has been largely led by a pair of remarkable sisters who are tearing up the court: 5’7 senior twin guards Kayla and Miranda Wilson.read more