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Cherry Presidential Scholarship

Cherry Presidential Scholarship for Beginning Freshmen Fall 2017

Eligibility & Application

Students with a minimum 3.8 unweighted GPA and a minimum 31 ACT (1360 SAT) qualify to compete for WKU’s most prestigious scholarship, the Cherry Presidential. 

To be considered for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship, students must have a complete application package on file by December 1.  A complete application package includes the following:

·         Applied AND admitted to WKU by December 1

·         Applied to Honors College by December 1 (students must be admitted to WKU prior to applying to Honors College)

·      Applied to TOPDollar by December 1

·         Official high school transcript received by December 1

·         ACT or SAT scores received by December 1

A select number of students will be invited to campus to interview for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship.  The interviews will be held in early February.

Award & Notification

Those selected to receive the Cherry Presidential Scholarship will receive an annual award up to $16,000 ($64,000 over a four year period).  Cherry Presidential Finalists will receive an annual award up to $12,000 ($48,000 over a four year period).

Cherry Presidential Scholarship recipients and Cherry Presidential Finalists will be notified of their award by early March. 

Students receiving the Cherry Presidential Scholarship or the Cherry Presidential Finalist award may also be eligible for Targeted Awards and TOPDollar awards, up to Cost of Attendance.  In the event a student’s total award package exceeds Cost of Attendance, the Cherry Presidential Scholarship or the Cherry Presidential Finalist award may be reduced. 

The Cherry Presidential Scholarship and Cherry Presidential Finalist award requires full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours).

Disbursement

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 RefundSelection.com

Renewal

The Cherry Presidential Scholarship and the Cherry Presidential Finalist awards are automatically renewable with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 (at the end of the spring semester).  Students who fail to meet the renewal GPA of 3.4 can use the summer term to bring their GPA up to the required level to maintain the award at the original value. Students who fail to meet the renewal GPA of 3.4 but have at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 will receive an $8,000 annual award.     

 The Cherry Presidential Scholarship and the Cherry Presidential Finalists awards are renewable for up to 4 academic years or until graduation, whichever occurs first. 

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 Last Modified 9/2/16