Couple’s donation will establish student tech associations in 16 East Ky. schools

Stan and Karen Pigman Stan and Karen Pigman
Stan and Karen Pigman
Stan and Karen Pigman

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Students in 16 Eastern Kentucky high schools will have the chance to network and learn about subjects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics beyond the classroom, thanks to a donation from a couple who have already invested heavily in education for students in the mountains.

Stan and Karen Pigman have donated $400,000 to fund Technology Student Associations at the schools over the next four years.

“Funding for dues, conference transportation, and registration has long been an issue for TSA chapters, but even more so for rural southeastern Kentucky schools,” KYTSA State Advisor Mark Harrell said. “This generous donation from Stan and Karen Pigman is transformational for the region’s students. This donation allows these high schools to further expose students to STEM careers through hand-on competitions and leadership opportunities. KYTSA’s goal is to create a future STEM workforce ready for high-demand high-wage careers in Kentucky.”

The schools include:

  • Pikeville High School
  • Belfry High School
  • The Floyd County School of Innovation
  • Johnson Central High School
  • Perry Central High School
  • Barbourville City School
  • Knox Central High School
  • Pineville Independent School
  • Corbin Area Technology Center
  • Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation
  • Pulaski County High School
  • Lynn Camp Schools
  • Whitley County High School
  • Harlan County High School
  • Harlan High School
  • Wolfe County High School

The Pigmans are also the names behind the Pigman Scholars progam at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, having funded approximately 200 scholarships for Eastern Kentucky students.