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College Heights Foundation


Born nearly a century ago out of compassion and love of students when a WKU faculty member gave $100 to President Cherry in order to help needy students, the College Heights Foundation has grown into a scholarship fund of over $50 million—all the while continuing to be motivated by those ideals from which it came: compassion and love of students. From the time the College Heights Foundation was chartered in 1923, its primary mission has been the administration of funds entrusted to its care by supportive alumni, corporations, organizations, and other friends for the purpose of helping deserving students obtain an education. CHF exists primarily to administer scholarships and aid worthy students enrolled at Western Kentucky University. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors made up of twelve prominent business and professional leaders who serve without remuneration. It is a fully-qualified, tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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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 1,200 different scholarship funds that each tell their own unique story.

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.

Contact Us!

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

 What's New 

Annual Reports:

annual report

Read about all of the exciting things that have transpired at CHF in the past year in our 2017 Annual Report. 


Contact Us:


The Foundation Building is undergoing a renovation! Please come see us on the third floor of the Honors College and International Center. View our contact information and directions to the building  




Community Scholarship Funds: Check out the stories behind recently created community scholarship funds, like this one for the Connie Foster Student Scholarship Endowment 


Memorial Funds:

Celebrate the life and legacy of those who have passed by reading about our newly created memorial funds, like the McKenzi Ann Loid Scholarship for Public Relations in memory of BG native and WKU alum McKenzi Loid  


 Student Stories: 

 "2017 WKU Scholarship Celebration Thank You," beautifully depicts the power of scholarships   


WKU News: 

Take a look at what's new in the Scholarship Program here at WKU    


View from the Hill:


Amy Bingham explains WKU's scholarship expansion 

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 Last Modified 12/5/18