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You may qualify for up to $4,000 in scholarships!


Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship 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.


If you have earned college credit at an institution other than WKU, you are considered a transfer student – and you may qualify for transfer scholarships of up to $4,000!

Once admitted, you will automatically be considered for the following Transfer Scholarship Options:

GPA With 24+ Hours* With Associate Degree**
3.0+   $1,500
3.5 - 3.8 $1,500 $3,000
3.8+ $2,500 $4,000

*Transfer Base Award 

**Plus Transfer Targeted Award

Transfer scholarships require full-time enrollments. Students receiving a Transfer Targeted Award may also be eligible for a Transfer Base Award and TOPDollar awards, up to cost of attendance.


Learn more


Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Students who are receiving a WKU Transfer Scholarship and are members of Phi Theta Kappa are eligible for an additional $1,000 award per academic year.

The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship requires full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours) at WKU.

Scholarship awards are applied toward charges that exist on the student’s account at WKU.  In the event total awards (grants, loans, scholarships) exceed total charges (tuition, fees, housing, meals, books), a refund will be issued to the student by the option chosen when selecting the refund preference at my.wku.edu. For more information about the refund preference process, please visit the Office of the Bursar's website.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are automatically renewable with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (at the end of the Spring semester).  Students who fail to meet the renewal GPA of 3.0 can use the summer term to bring their GPA up to the required level.  

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are renewable until graduation.

*Note: Transfer Scholarships are not applicable if receiving a full tuition scholarship, waiver, or discount.

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 TopDollar 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. 

In addition to academic merit scholarships, WKU in Elizabethtown – Fort Knox is able to offer scholarships* to students who will be completing their degree at the Elizabethtown – Fort Knox campus! All scholarships require FAFSA, TopDollar, and many require a separate paper application. 

For the most up-to-date information, visit TOPDollar.

  • Graduated ECTC student transferring into a 4-year institution to pursue Education

  • Must be from one of the following high schools: Central Hardin, Elizabethtown, John Hardin, Larue County, or North Hardin

  • Must attend EHLRTA meeting in September

For more information, please contact:

Mindi Campbell,
Assistant to Chief Student Affairs Officer
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY  42701
(270) 706-8472

Must be a Hardin County undergraduate student attempting or planning to attend WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox Campus. Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA. Pursuing any academicor vocational field of study. Applications open January 1. Application deadline is March 1. Learn more.
Must be a full-time student and a resident of Elizabethtown and Hardin County. Preference given to students majoring in History or Political Science. Learn more.
Must be a full-time beginning freshman at WKU Main Campus, WKU-Elizabethtown, or WKU-Fort Knox. Must be a graduate of Meade County, Larue County, Elizabethtown, North Hardin, John Hardin, Central Hardin, or Fort Knox high schools. Must have a GPA of at least 2.7. This award, when added to KEES and other scholarships, cannot exceed the amount equivalent to a 1906 Founders Scholarship. Financial need is an important consideration. Learn more.
Must be a full-time student majoring within the School of Teacher Education in the College of Education and Behavioral Science. Must be a graduate of a high school in Hardin County, Elizabethtown, or Fort Knox. Must have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0 for incoming freshmen and a minimum 21 ACT score. Financial need is an important consideration. The award is renewable provided the recipient reapplies each year and maintains a minimum cumulative WKU GPA of 3.0. Learn more.
Must be a full-time junior or senior student and a graduate of a Hardin County or Elizabethtown, Kentucky high school. First preference is given to students majoring in Elementary Education within the School of Teacher Education in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Second preference is for students majoring in Middle Grades Education or Secondary Education within the School of Teacher Education in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Must be a resident of Hardin County. Must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.8. Financial need is an important consideration. Learn more.
Must be a full-time student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. First preference given to residents of Grayson County. Second preference given to students from the Elizabethtown Independent School System. Learn more.

May be a part-time or full-time student at the WKU-Elizabethtown campus. Financial need is to be an important consideration. Please submit a 300-word essay that reflects on the importance of education and what effect it will have in your life. Learn more.

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 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
Students enrolled in six credit hours during the WKU Summer term are eligible for a GPA-based scholarship. Application can be found here.

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.

Find more information about the summer and winter scholarships.


*In order to be considered for WKU Elizabethtown – Fort Knox 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 WKU in Elizabethtown – Fort Knox at (270) 706-8870!


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 Last Modified 10/22/20