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Scholarship Opportunities

  

17Scholarship opportunities of varying award amounts are a great opportunity for students to finance their education. Scholarships may be based on a variety of factors such as your geographic location, major field of study, involvement in extracurricular activities, hobbies and interests, associations and memberships, specific personal characteristics, or financial need.

WKU TOPDollar Scholarship Source 

This scholarship management system, powered by Academic Works, provides a complete list of all scholarship opportunities that are available for students at Western Kentucky University.

The WKU TOPDollar Scholarship Source allows you to search for various opportunities that exist and complete one General Scholarship Application* to be eligible to be considered for scholarship opportunities at WKU. The questions you answer on the General Scholarship Application are designed to “automatch” you to available scholarship opportunities for which you meet the specified criteria.

For a step-by-step guide for locating and completing the General Scholarship Application, use this PDF.

In addition to the scholarships that are awarded by the University based on academic merit, there are numerous scholarships that are awarded by the College Heights Foundation through private funds established by alumni and friends, academic departments or programs throughout the University, or by community organizations and professional associations. Some of the potential scholarship opportunities that exist may require you to provide additional materials in addition to the General Scholarship Application (i.e. an essay, resume, letters of recommendation, interview, etc.).  Those opportunities will be presented to you as “recommended scholarships” after you complete the General Scholarship Application. 

WKU Owensboro Scholarships

In addition to academic merit scholarships, WKU Owensboro is able to offer scholarships* to students who will be completing their degree here on the Owensboro campus! All scholarships require FAFSA, TopDollar, and many require a separate paper application.

WKU Owensboro General Student Scholarship

This scholarship was created for students who have financial need but may not qualify for other means of aid. Must have earned a 2.0 cumulative GPA and be enrolled in a WKU Owensboro degree program. Deadline is August 1 for Fall and November 15 for Spring. Essay and paper application required. 

Transfer Scholarship

Must be a full-time (12 hours) undergraduate student. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have earned an Associate Degree in the last two years from a regionally accredited institution. Renewable each year with 3.0 GPA. Must have a FAFSA completed and be admitted to WKU by April 1 for the Fall and November 1 for the Spring. Award tiers are based on cumulative GPA.

Veterans Affairs Scholarships

There are many scholarships available to military veterans and their dependents. Please visit the website and contact the sponsorship organization with any questions or concerns you may have.

Returning Student Scholarships

Returning WKU students currently enrolled full-time at WKU may apply for academic scholarships for the next academic year by completing an online application by February 1 via TOPDOLLAR

Summer Scholarship Program

Students enrolled in six credit hours during the summer 2017 term are eligible for a GPA-based scholarship. Application deadline is April 17, 2017.

Student Government Association Winter/Summer Term Scholarship

To support on-time graduation for all WKU students, SGA is proud to sponsor winter term and summer term scholarships. Each award granted will be in the amount of $300.  For the winter term scholarship, students should apply in the fall. For the summer term scholarship, students should apply in the spring. Scholarships are awarded based on need, GPA, strength of essay, and extracurricular activities. Application deadline is March 31, 2017.

J Rogers Badgett, Sr. Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

May be a full-time (12 hours or more) or part-time (at least 3 hours) student at the WKU-Owensboro campus.  Must be a graduate of Hancock County High School.  Must have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0. Financial need is an important consideration. Recipients must have FAFSA on file as well as submit an official Hancock County High School transcript. Paper application.

J Rogers Badgett, Sr. Foundation Graduate Scholarship

Must be a graduate student pursuing a Masters in Teacher Education at WKU. Must be currently teaching in the Hancock County School System. Financial need is to be an important consideration. Paper application.

Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship

The Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship provides financial assistance for residents of Kentucky's coal‐producing counties (including WKU Owensboro service counties of Union, Henderson, Daviess, Webster, McLean, Hancock, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, and Ohio) to complete their first bachelor's degree. KCCCCS is supported by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) which was established in 1966 to improve students’ access to higher education across the Commonwealth.

Owensboro Lions Club

Must be registered for at least six (6) semester hours at WKU-Owensboro and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Must demonstrate outstanding citizenship qualities and submit the required essay. Must have a FAFSA already on file. Spring portion of the award is dependent upon the successful completion of the fall semester. Paper application.

Noon Optimist Club of Owensboro

Must be registered for at least six (6) semester hours at WKU-Owensboro and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Must demonstrate outstanding citizenship qualities and submit the required essay. Must have a FAFSA already on file. Spring portion of the award is dependent upon successful completion of the fall semester. Paper application.

William Willis, Jr. and Georgia P. Willis WKU Owensboro Scholarship

Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at the WKU-Owensboro campus. Must have a 3.0 GPA and have demonstrated outstanding citizenship qualities. Each scholarship may be renewed one (1) time if the student continues to meet the criteria for the scholarship. Must submit a required essay. Must have a FAFSA completed. Paper application.

Owensboro-Daviess County Retired Teachers Association Scholarship

The Owensboro-Daviess County Retired Teachers Association will grant a $500 scholarship to a junior or senior college student who plans to enter the teaching profession. To qualify, students much be a junior or senior during the 2016-2017 school year, be accepted into the Teacher Education Program, be a resident of Daviess County and graduate of Owensboro or Daviess County Public Schools, and have a recommendation from a college professor. Must submit a required essay. Deadline to send application is April 15, 2017 and recipient will be chosen and notified by June 4, 2017.

Send completed application to:

Leigh Crume, Scholarship Chairperson
Owensboro-Daviess County Retired Teachers Association
1914 Eaton Avenue
Owensboro, KY 42301
Daviess County Fiscal Court's BOLD Scholarships

Through the generosity of our donors, Community Foundation of Louisville offers a variety of scholarship opportunities to deserving students across Kentucky. Please visit www.cflouisville.org for more information and the scholarship application. If you have questions about the application process, please contact 502-855-6971.

 

*In order to be considered for WKU Owensboro and Returning Student University Scholarships, students will need to apply online through the WKU TOPDollar scholarship portal. Only applications submitted electronically through TOPDollar will be considered for awards. This new streamlined process will allow students a faster application time and more scholarship matching opportunities. For questions regarding TOPDollar, please email our scholarships office directly at scholarships@wku.edu.

 Questions? Contact Kevin Dorth, Coordinator of Student Services by emailing kevin.dorth@wku.edu or calling 270-684-9797!

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