The Renau Foundation was established by Kenneth H. Renau, and was formally incorporated in 2008. Born in 1914 in Louisville, Kentucky, Ken led a colorful life with a wide variety of interests, activities and experiences.
Ken had a love of giving and was particularly fond of helping those less fortunate than him, and also had a love of animals. Although he held a law degree and worked primarily in the lumber industry, Ken’s real passion was writing, as he was a published writer of real-life stories that exhibited his wit and intelligence.
Through hard work and savings, Ken and his wife Sarah, who was twenty years his junior, accumulated a nice “nest egg” of retirement funds which was intended to provide for Sarah after Ken passed away. Tragically, Sarah died prematurely in an accident in 2005. Because Ken and Sarah had no children, and Ken had no siblings, Ken was faced with the question of what should become of his estate at the end of his life.
After careful consideration, Ken felt that the best use of his estate would be to advance his charitable spirit and passions, and thus upon his death, the Kenneth H. and Sarah M. Renau Foundation was created to share his wealth for the purposes of advancing his passions.
ANNOUNCING THE RENAU FOUNDATION PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDENTS INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN WRITING
Ken Renau's personal interest in writing led to the creation of a scholarship fund under the auspices of the Renau Foundation. From 2010 to 2015, the Foundation and Louisville Magazine partnered to administer an annual writing contest for high school seniors and award the winners scholarships. Beginning in 2016, the Renau Foundation has formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Department of Communication to award a scholarship to returning students who are interested in writing for newspaper, magazine, TV, social media, blogs, screenplays, theater, books, or any other platform.