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Cherry Presidential Scholarships 2022-2023

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About the Cherry Presidential Scholarship

WKU’s first president, Dr. Henry Hardin Cherry, relentlessly pursued the expansion of access to higher education in our region. His passion for learning ignited a flame for success on our campus. The Cherry Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious, competitive scholarship WKU has to offer. In pursuit of an education that encompasses leadership, compassion, and good stewardship, WKU awards this competitive scholarship to those that exemplify Dr. Cherry's value of education.

WKU’s Cherry Presidential Scholarship recipients go on to become our campus leaders – many involved with student ambassador groups like our Spirit Masters, Honors Toppers and Deans Council of Students. Many serve as presidents for our Greek life chapters and other student organizations. Many earn nationally competitive scholarships and many engage in active research with faculty and gain employment as student assistants in departments across campus.

Eligibility & Application

Students with a minimum 3.8 unweighted high school GPA and a minimum 29 ACT (1350 SAT) qualify to compete for WKU’s most prestigious scholarship, the Cherry Presidential Scholarship.

To be considered for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship, students must have a complete application package on file by December 1st, 2021.  A complete application package includes the following:

  • Must be Applied AND admitted to WKU by December 1st

  • Official high school transcript received by December 1st

  • ACT or SAT scores received by December 1st

All students that submit the materials listed above by the deadline are eligible to compete for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship.


Below is a timeline for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship Process 

Candidate Admitted to WKU

Any applicant admitted to WKU with an unweighted High School GPA of a 3.8 or higher AND an ACT score of a 29+ is eligible to compete for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship.

Candidate Invited to Cherry Presidential Interview Day

All eligible candidates will be invited to attend a Cherry Presidential Interview Day.  *Candidates may only attend ONE (1) Interview Day

  • December 13th 


*Password from invite letter will be needed.


Candidates will participate in interviews, complete a writing prompt, and optional campus tours as part of the Cherry Presidential Interview Day.

Cherry Presidential Scholarship Recipients selected.

Winners of the Cherry Presidential Scholarship will be notified no later than January 30th.

V.I.P. M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Event

Cherry Presidential Scholarship recipients will be invited to a private event with President Caboni during M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan in August.



Award & Notification

Those selected to receive the Cherry Presidential Scholarship will receive an annual award up to $16,000 ($64,000 over a four year period). 

Cherry Presidential Scholarship recipients  will be notified of their award in January. 

Students selected to receive the Cherry Presidential Scholarship as an upgrade in place of the Academic Merit Scholarship, may also be eligible for Targeted Awards and TOPDollar awards, up to Cost of Attendance.  In the event a student’s total award package exceeds Cost of Attendance, the Cherry Presidential Scholarship award may be reduced. 

The Cherry Presidential Scholarship requires full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours each semester at WKU).

Students not selected for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship will be awarded an $8,000 Academic Merit Scholarship. For additional scholarship opportunities, students are highly encouraged to complete the TopDollar scholarship application prior to February 1st.


Scholarship awards are applied toward charges that exist on the student’s WKU account. Scholarships often disburse before the semester begins and always show as a credit on the bill, not to exceed the cost of attendance budget.

In the event that total awards (grants, loans, scholarships) exceed total charges (tuition, fees, housing, meals, books), a refund will be issued to the student up to cost of attendance according to the refund preference he/she selected at my.wku.edu. For more information about the refund process, please visit the Office of the Bursar's website.


The Cherry Presidential Scholarship is automatically renewable with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (at the end of the spring semester). Students who fail to meet the renewal GPA of 3.0 can use the summer term to bring up their GPA to the required level to maintain the award at the original value.

The Cherry Presidential Scholarship is renewable for up to 4 consecutive academic years or completion of a Bachelor's Degree, whichever occurs first.

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 Last Modified 12/6/21