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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:

  • $800 scholarship for spring 2023 semester for the full-time nominating student receiving Family of the Year award

  • Four complimentary WKU vs. Troy football tickets on Saturday, Oct. 1, seated in the Harbaugh Club with President Timothy Caboni

  • Tickets to the Parent and Family Weekend Tailgate on South Lawn on Oct. 1

  • Tickets to the Family Funday Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 2

  • Parent and Family Weekend event shirts



  1. To be eligible for Family of the Year, the family must have at least one student enrolled full-time at WKU for the Fall 2022 semester.

  2. A “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 WKU alumni 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 who are not WKU students will not be eligible to win.



Nominations must be submitted online at link by Monday, September 19, 2022.  All applications will be reviewed by a committee of past award winners, alumni, and staff.  The winning family will be notified by Thursday, September 22. 



Should you have any questions regarding the WKU Family of the Year Nomination Form or process, please contact Ginny Hensley, ginny.hensley@wku.edu. 


2021 Family of the Year
The Lindner Family
2021 WKU Family of the Year

The family of WKU senior Claire Linder of Louisville was recognized as WKU’s 2021 Family of the Year. Read More

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 Ginny Hensley, ginny.hensley@wku.edu 

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 Last Modified 9/20/22