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WKU Family of the Year

WKU Family of the Year


Nominate Your Family

WKU recognizes our students rely on the support of their family during their college experience and acknowledges this valuable contribution to our students' success and growth in college annual with the recognition of our Family of the Year during WKU Parent & Family Weekend. 


WKU’s Family of the Year will receive:

  • The nominating student will receive a $800 scholarship for the fall semester.
  • Four complimentary WKU vs. Indiana Football tickets, seated with President Timothy Caboni
  • Plaque commemorating the family as the WKU Family of the Year
  • Parent and Family Weekend Event T-Shirts
  • Complimentary game day parking
  • Tickets to additional Parent & Family weekend activities


  1. To be eligible for WKU Family of the Year, the family must have at least one (1) student enrolled full-time and in good academic standing for the fall 2021 semester.
  2. “Family” is defined as parents, guardians, foster families, siblings, spouses, and partners from whom the student receives support.
  3. Nominees do not have to be former WKU students to be selected for the award.
  4. Nominators must be current WKU undergraduate, or graduate students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing.
  5. Nominations submitted by family members will not be eligible to win.


Nominations must be submitted to the online form by Friday, September 10, 2021. All applications will be reviewed by a committee of past award winners, alumni, and staff. The winning family will be notified by Friday, September 17, 2021. 



Should you have any questions regarding the WKU Family of the Year Nomination Form or process, please contact Mindy Johnson, mindy.johnson@wku.edu 

2017 WKU Family of the Year the Pride Family
The Pride Family
2017 WKU Family of the Year

Charley and Julie Pride of Bowling Green, KY and their daughter, Emily and son, Will.

Western Kentucky University
The Herner Family
2016 WKU Family of the Year

Wayne and Lisa Herner of Louisville and their daughter, Kristen.

2015 WKU Family of the Year - the Rhea Family
The Rhea Family
2015 WKU Family of the Year

Tim and Laura Rhea of Louisville and their sons, Charlie and Peyton.



For more information about Parent & Family Weekend, contact Mindy R. Johnson, mindy.johnson@wku.edu 

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 Last Modified 9/10/21