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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 $75 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 1,200 different scholarship funds that each tell their own unique story.

Create a Scholarship

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.

Apply at TOPDollar

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.

Scholarship Celebration "Thank You" Video

Scholarship Celebration Video Video Preview



cross scholarship

LJ Cross Scholarship Recipient 

 First LJ Cross Scholarhsip presented at Parent & Family Weekend

A new scholarship to support students who work with individuals in the special needs community was presented during the WKU Football game on Saturday, Sept. 28 during Parent & Family Weekend. Taylor Boulier of Vine Grove, Ky., is the inaugural recipient of the award.


James Christoper Holman Scholarship Recipient

James Christopher Holman Scholarship Fund Announces Inagural Member

Carlee Mitchell of Morgantown, Ky., was named the first recipient of the James Christopher Holman Scholarship Fund on May 23, 2019, at the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce. 


2018 anuual report

2018 Annual Report

In 2018, nearly 2,500 WKU students recieved more than $5.5 million in scholarship awards.

Click here to view our 2018 Annual Report and learn more about our accomplishments over the past year, WKU student body demographics, the WKU Opportunity Fund, our new office location in the Cliff Todd Center, and the many ways you can support the College Heights Foundation.




CHF's Future Location:

We're Moving! The CHF at WKU will relocate its offices to the Cliff Todd Center at 1703 Chestnut Street in the spring of 2019. Read More about our future location HERE.


Proceeds from 2019 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cup support John Asher Memorial Scholarship
Woodford Reserve has unveiled the limited-edition 2019 Kentucky Derby $1,000 Mint Julep Cup, and proceeds from this year’s sales will support the John Asher Memorial Scholarship Fund at Western Kentucky University.

Memorial Funds:

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

Student Stories:  

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

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 Last Modified 10/31/19