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Why We Gave: WKU Opportunity Fund Donors


 

 

 

 WKU President Timothy C. Caboni and First Lady Kacy S. Caboni  Wells Fargo Foundation  Dr. Hugh H. and Debby G. Wilhite

 

 

WKU President Timothy C. Caboni and First Lady Kacy S. Caboni establish scholarship

“Forty percent of our student population are first-generation college students. That number really resonated with me because I was a first-generation college student, and I was able to succeed in college because of scholarship support. We feel very strongly about supporting education, and we wanted to do something to benefit Kentucky students. - Kacy S. Caboni

“My experience as a graduate student in the Department of Communication was one of the most formative experiences of my life and helped to shape much of my professional career. Kacy and I want to help others who share our passion for communication to benefit from the same applied experiences I was provided as a WKU student.” - President Timothy C. Caboni

Read more: WKU President Timothy C. Caboni and First Lady Kacy S. Caboni establish scholarship

Wells Fargo Foundation establishes scholarship fund to support military-affiliated students

“Private scholarship support is critical for those seeking to advance themselves through higher education, particularly for those brave individuals who serve in our military. It is our privilege to provide these funds to assist those who serve our great country!” - John Ridley of Wells Fargo Advisors

Read more: Wells Fargo Foundation establishes scholarship fund to support military-affiliated students

Dr. Hugh H. and Debby G. Wilhite establish scholarship

“I always wanted to do something for the school because Western did a lot for me, and I really appreciate that. Debby and I talked about it and decided now was a good time. It’s a great feeling. I just feel so fortunate that we’re able to do this.” - Dr. Hugh Wilhite

Read more: Dr. Hugh H. and Debby G. Wilhite establish scholarship

 

Joe and Sunshine Micatrotto Chris and Sherrie Swanberg James Graham Brown Foundation

 

Joe and Sunshine Micatrotto make $1 million gift to support WKU Athletics, largest outright gift from former student-athlete

“I’m a first-generation college graduate, and without support from people around me, that wouldn’t have happened. Not everyone has parents who can afford to send them to college. When we heard about the WKU Opportunity Fund, we wanted to help give kids a ‘yes.’” - Sunshine Micatrotto

“Supporting my alma mater makes me proud and excited, but more than anything it has allowed me to help something I’m so passionate about. We are blessed to be able to do something like this. Being a part of the WKU family is a real thing to our family.” - Joe Micatrotto

Read more: Joe and Sunshine Micatrotto make $1 million gift to support WKU Athletics, largest outright gift from former student-athlete

Chris and Sherrie Swanberg establish scholarship for WKU students from Henderson County and Owensboro High Schools

“A scholarship like this would have been useful to us personally,” said Sherrie Swanberg. “This is a way to help students who really want to be educated by opening up opportunities they may not have otherwise.”

“The needs-based aspect really spoke to us,” added Chris Swanberg. “We both come from modest backgrounds, so being able to make this available seemed like a great way to give back. The WKU Opportunity Fund is such a unique way to make a difference for students.”

Read more: Chris and Sherrie Swanberg establish scholarship for WKU students from Henderson County and Owensboro High Schools

WKU Opportunity Fund receives $450,000 award from James Graham Brown Foundation

“This grant, intended to bolster WKU’s efforts to give students from all backgrounds the support needed to help them persist and earn a degree, aligns with the Foundation’s goals in student success. The Foundation believes that the well-being of individuals and communities is closely linked to educational attainment and is pleased to support efforts that help more Kentucky students earn postsecondary credentials.” - Mason Rummel, President and CEO of the James Graham Brown Foundation.

Read more: WKU Opportunity Fund receives $450,000 award from James Graham Brown Foundation

 

 


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