Jonathan KruegerMemorialScholarship

$30,201 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 388 people in 41 months
Jonathan Palmer
on behalf of University Kentucky
Jonathan Krueger, the photo editor of the Kentucky Kernel and a University of Kentucky student, was tragically killed early Friday, April 17, while walking home on East Maxwell Street in Lexington, Ky, in what appears to be a robbery.

Krueger, 22, a UK junior from Perrysburg, Ohio, died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Thus, the Kernel Press Inc. has started a fund to memorialize the outstanding life and contributions of Krueger, a talented photographer remembered by the Kernel staff not just for his photos and work ethic, but for his contagiously upbeat personality.

Once $10,000 is raised, an annual endowed scholarship will be awarded by the Kernel Board to a promising Kernel photographer.

Learn more about Jonathan and see some of his photos here:

A tax-deductible gift may be made to "Kernel Press Inc." 
Contributions may be sent to: Jonathan Krueger Scholarship Fund; Kentucky Kernel; University of Kentucky; 026 Grehan Journalism Building; Lexington, Ky. 40506
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The Krueger family would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those that have contributed to the Jonathan Krueger Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Kentucky.

We are so pleased to say that this will now be an endowed scholarship to be presented yearly to a photographer at the Kentucky Kernel. We are overwhelmed at the generosity of everyone that has made donations whether you knew Jonathan like a brother or were simply inspired by his story. Every dollar will go towards ensuring that his spirit and legacy will live on at UK and the Kernel.

Jonathan loved the work he did at the Kernel. We have heard he could often be found at 2:00 in the morning continuing to help with the Kernel layout for the next day’s paper. He took immense pride in his work and enjoyed the camaraderie of those that became his second family at the newspaper.

Jonathan was fortunate to have had the experiences that he did at the Kernel and we know he loved every minute of his road trips following UK sports teams.

We hope that this scholarship fund will give students for years to come those same opportunities and that they will approach every moment as Jonathan would, with a sense of adventure, with a balance of humor and focus, with a passion and love for the work that they do.
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Yesterday evening the Kentucky Kernel honored their friend and colleague with stories and remembrance for UK students and the Lexington community at Memorial Hall.

The love and admiration in the voices of the students confirmed what everyone knew about Jonathan – he was a special person. Members of the audience came to the microphone to share stories about his “infectious smile” and his zest for life.

One young lady from his home town of Perrysburg shared that when she was choosing a college she visited Lexington after hearing Jonathan rave about UK, and based on Jonathan’s love and excitement for the campus she chose UK as well. Others shared of life lessons learned from Jonathan and that living life to the fullest and without fear makes you a happier person. They spoke of his ability to push people outside of their comfort zones, to draw them out, and to make each person feel special.

After the stories were shared as a slideshow of his photos played on the screen, everyone moved outdoors for a candlelight vigil.

WLEX filed this report from the service:
Candlelight vigil at Memorial Hall.
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Amazingly, even after surpassing the original goal of $10,000, the donations continue to pour in as the community pays their respects and tries to heal from the tragic loss of a friend, student, and colleague.

The larger the ultimate amount in the endowment, the more that will be available each year to award as a scholarship to a Kentucky Kernel student photographer to carry on Jonathan’s legacy.

This evening at 8 pm in Memorial Hall on campus there will be a memorial service celebrating Jonathan’s life where patrons are encouraged to arrive early and bring photos and leave messages that will be sent to the Krueger family in Perrysburg, OH.

Yesterday, the staff at the Kentucky Kernel had to do one of the hardest things they will do in their careers. They had to attempt to express the loss of a close friend and colleague in print. Through this tragedy they have come together and preserved Jonathan’s legacy in a way that makes Kernel alum everywhere very proud.

You can see the entire issue of the Kernel here:
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The outpouring of support for this cause has been overwhelming.

We are so thankful to those in the community for taking the time to support, whether monetarily or in thoughts and prayers, the legacy of our fallen colleague.

It is amazing to see the numerous lives Jonathan touched.

Yesterday we sat down with a few of the local TV stations in a effort to get the word out about the Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is intended to support future Kentucky Kernel photojournalists.

View the WTVQ segment here:
Jonathan before UK game in December '14
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Raised by 388 people in 41 months
Created April 17, 2015
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Andi Clark
40 months ago

Thanks to the support of all those who contributed to the Caturday for Krueger T-shirt Fund to make this donation possible.

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Ben Van Hook
41 months ago

My heart goes out to Jonathan's family and friends. I was the photo editor of the Kernel back in 1983-1984. Peace be with you.

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