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College Heights Foundation

College Heights Foundation

The College Heights Foundation (CHF) provides assistance and encouragement to deserving students enrolled at Western Kentucky University. 

CHF has been a Guardian of Trusts since founding in 1923 when a faculty member gave $100 to Dr. Henry Hardin Cherry to assist worthy and deserving students. With support from alumni, corporations, organizations, and other friends our scholarship fund has grown to over $250 million in assets. 

The CHF is governed by a Board of Directors made up of twelve prominent business and professional leaders who serve without remuneration. The CHF is a fully-qualified, tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

More about the history of College Heights

The College Heights Foundation is proud to provide scholarship assistance to worthy and deserving students attending Western Kentucky University.  The CHF serves as the “Guardian of Trusts” to more than 1,300 different scholarship funds that each tell their own unique story.

Creating a scholarship fund is a unique and ideal way to forever change lives. By creating a scholarship fund, you are able to honor your legacy or that of a loved one in a very special way.

Please visit TOPDollar, the WKU comprehensive scholarship source, to find out more about each of the scholarship funds, the donors who made them possible, and the way for current and potential students to apply for these private scholarship funds.

For more information, please contact the College Heights Foundation at
(270) 745-4597 or email chf@wku.edu.

Scholarship Celebration "Thank You" Video

Scholarship Celebration Video Video Preview




Six Casey County High School graduates received scholarships to WKU from the Owenelle Gift Fund for the 2022-2023 academic year. Recipients include Dylan Carman, Mackenzie Cundiff, Anna Howard, Adam Price, Emily Smith and Miracle Stinson.


Dr. Delroy Hire (’62) and his wife, Patricia Hire, have made an estate commitment to WKU through a trust valued at a multi-million-dollar amount. When asked why he gives back, Dr. Hire answered simply, “I set things up to help people.”


A garden designed to engage all five senses and featuring more than 80 different plant and tree species was dedicated yesterday (May 12) at WKU. The Kim Eisert Simpson Sensory Garden is located on the grounds of the Cliff Todd Center, home of the College Heights Foundation.




The CHF at WKU is located at the Cliff Todd Center at 1703 Chestnut Street.

Support one of the several community-oriented scholarship funds open to donations maintained here at the College Heights Foundation, each with its own unique story. 

Celebrate the life and legacy of those who have passed by reading about our newly created memorial funds, such as the Kathryn D. Steward Memorial Scholarship Fund

Watch Amy Bingham as she explains WKU's scholarship expansion. 

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 Last Modified 12/13/23