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Gatton Academy & Craft Academy Graduates Research and Experiential Learning Award

Gatton Academy & Craft Academy graduates are eligible up to $3,000 per academic year over four years to support research, creative endeavors, experiential learning, and professional development activities. 


  • A WKU faculty member must approve the project, but does not necessarily have to collaborate on the project. Example: the award could be used to participate in research at the National Institutes of Health, but a WKU faculty member must agree to monitor and assess the activities.
  • Grants can be awarded per semester ($1,500) or for the summer ($3,000)
  • Upon approval, the funding will be applied to the recipients WKU tuition account. Any outstanding fees will be paid prior to funding being released.
  • This award is not an automatic scholarship for Gatton and Craft alumni in The MHC. It is funding based upon having an accepted GACAGRELA proposal on file.


  • Accept the award on TopNet. Doing so is not a commitment to accept the funding in a given year, but ensures that it will be available.
  • Develop a proposal with a WKU faculty member and submit the proposal to the Assistant Director for Academics (see the proposal guidelines).
  • Submit a progress report at the end of each funding period, (semester/summer).


  • Have successfully completed HON 251 or be currently enrolled. (Effective Fall 2021.)
  • Maintain full-time enrollment and good standing in the Mahurin Honors College.
  • Maintain the requirements of the Gatton Academy & Craft Academy Graduates Targeted Scholarship from WKU.
  • Complete an Honors Capstone Experience/Thesis project.
  • Submit proposals and progress reports as outlined. (Additional funding will not be released until the previous progress report has been received.)


  • Proposals must be received at least two weeks before finals week to be applied to any given term.


Download the Project Proposal

Download the Progress Report

Gatton Academy/Craft Academy Award Questions?


For more information, please email honors@wku.edu.

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 Last Modified 5/16/23