Celebrating Ten Years of Big Dreams
The Office of Scholar Development is celebrating its Tenth Anniversary! Established in 2008, the Office of Scholar Development is charged with challenging WKU students to dream big and to assist in making those dreams attainable.
The Office of Scholar Development provides support to students on all campuses and in all majors who are applying for nationally competitive scholarships. OSD supports WKU's role as a student-centered, applied research university by encouraging undergraduate mentorship and research, internationalization, and engagement with the community and region.
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Ten Years of Impact: OSD Alumni
Tyler Prochazka ('16)
Fulbright U.S. Student Grantee
"My Fulbright experience helped me to look past even profound differences to try to understand the fundamental humanity that we all share."
Sarah Fox ('15)
Fulbright U.S. Student Grantee
“I discovered that cultures of music are just as prevalent and varied as cultures of people. I discovered that connecting with the local community is a crucial part of the learning experience.”
Lindsey Filiatreau ('11)
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar
“I gained perspective on the pitfalls that countless foreign aid agencies fall victim to and understand more clearly the importance of creating locally sustainable programs and practices.”
July 1, 2008
Office of Scholar Development Established
The Office of Scholar Development was established during the 2008-09 academic year to help WKU students achieve national success and become independent, engaged scholars.
First SMART ScholarRachel Bowman was the first WKU student to be awarded a Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense. The SMART Scholarship recognizes students dedicated to pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math and provides funding for graduate school in those fields.
First Udall ScholarsWilliam “Joey” Coe and Patrick Stewart were the first WKU students to become Udall Scholars. The Udall Scholarship honors undergraduates dedicated to public service careers related to the environment or tribal policy.
WKU is Named a Top Fulbright-Producing InstitutionDuring the 2009-2010 academic year, four WKU received Fulbright awards and WKU tied for third place among master’s degree-granting institutions.
WKU Ranks in Top Ten of Fulbright-Producing InstitutionsDuring the 2010-2011 academic year, four WKU students received Fulbright awards, placing WKU among the top 10 master’s degree-granting institutions.
First Princeton in Asia FellowChris Colonna was the first WKU student selected as a Princeton in Asia fellow. During his fellowship, he taught English at Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
OSD Staff ExpandedThe Office of Scholar Development added a third full-time position. OSD's director, coordinator of international scholarships, and coordinator of nationally competitive opportunities work to make WKU students' big dreams attainable.
First Fulbright U.K. Summer Institute AttendeeSarah Fox was the first WKU student to be selected to attend a Fulbright U.K. Summer Institute. Fox studied at Newcastle University, explored the culture, heritage and history of the U.K., and developed her academic ability by improving her presentation, research and communication skills.
First Boren ScholarKevin Worthy was the first WKU scholar to receive a Boren Scholarship for International Study, which funded his Chinese Flagship Capstone Year in Nanjing. The Boren Scholarship provides funding for critical language study abroad.
First Mitchell Scholarship FinalistCory Dodds was the first WKU student to become a finalist for the George Mitchell Scholarship. He went on to complete his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and serves as a staff attorney at Kentucky Legal Aid.
First Finalist for Rhodes, Marshall and Gates Cambridge ScholarshipsSarah Schrader was WKU’s first finalist for the prestigious Rhodes, Marshall, and Gates-Cambridge scholarships. Sarah is currently pursuing her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology through the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program. She plans to pursue a research career as a geneticist, collaborating with scientists in China and other Mandarin-speaking areas.
National Scholarships Surpass $1 MillionDuring the 2013-14 academic year, WKU students and recent alumni earned more than $1 million from national scholarships and fellowships for the first time.
First NIH Oxford-Cambridge ScholarCharles “Chad” Coomer was selected as WKU’s first NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholar. Coomer, a Goldwater Scholar and Ogden Foundation Scholar, pursued a master’s degree in infection and immunity at University College London before continuing his doctoral studies at the University of Oxford.
WKU Ranks Third as Top Fulbright-Producing InstitutionDuring the 2014-15 year, six students received Fulbright awards, and WKU ties for third in the nation among master’s degree-granting institutions.
First Princeton in Latin America Fellow
Emma Shoaf was the first WKU student to receive the Princeton in Latin America fellowship to work in the Dominican Republic. She worked for the Mariposa DR Foundation, a non-profit that aims to educate and empower girls in the Dominican Republic to create sustainable solutions to end generational poverty.
WKU Ranks Second as Top Fulbright-Producing InstitutionDuring the 2016-17 year, eight students received Fulbright awards, and WKU tied for second in the nation among master’s degree-granting institutions.
WKU Named Diversity and Inclusion Champion in International Education
WKU was named the Diversity & Inclusion Champion in the 2018 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Awards. The EDIIE Awards celebrates innovative practices, original research and inclusive excellence with an aim toward preparing diverse and underrepresented students for success through access to global education and cultural exchange opportunities.
First Truman ScholarLoandria “Andi” Dahmer was selected as a 2018 Harry S. Truman Scholar, and she is the first student from WKU to earn this honor. She will receive $30,000 for graduate school and opportunities for professional development to prepare her for a career in public service leadership.
First Rangel ScholarsHayden Grace and Deven Richardson are the first WKU students to be selected as Charles B. Rangel Scholars. Grace and Richardson studied international affairs and politics at Howard University in Washington, D.C. to prepare for careers in international affairs.
WKU is Named Inaugural Top Gilman-Producing InstitutionWKU was recognized on the inaugural list of Gilman Scholarship top producers with seventeen Gilman Scholars in 2016-17 and to “Priority Achievements” lists for institutions with the most diversity in overseas destinations and for sending abroad the most first-generation college students, racial or ethnic minority students and students studying in STEM fields.