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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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Nearly 6,000 students receive some scholarship funding, totaling to more than $29 million. Of that total, more than $5.6 million is provided in private support from the College Heights Foundation. The CHF is proud to be home to over 1,200 scholarships that each hold their own unique story.

Future students, be sure to check out University Awarded Merit Scholarships to see what scholarships you may be eligible for next year.

Returning student scholarships are available each spring, so be sure to check back then to apply. 

View a list of all our scholarship funds

Contact Us!

For more information, please contact the College Heights Foundation at
(270) 745-4597 or email

What's New on the CHF Site



New Memorial Funds: Check out the beautiful stories behind several recently created scholarship funds, like this one for Major David R. Mackey
CHF Golf Classic:
Take a look at the history behind the College Heights Foundation Scholarship Golf Classic and view pictures from the event 
Student Stories:
"WKU Legacy" video created by 2014 Alum Brad Rea, beautifully depicts the WKU campus and Hilltopper spirit

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 Last Modified 8/7/15