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College Heights Foundation

Born nearly a century ago out of compassion and love of students when a WKU faculty member gave $100 to President Cherry in order to help needy students, the College Heights Foundation has grown into a scholarship fund of over $50 million—all the while continuing to be motivated by those ideals from which it came: compassion and love of students. From the time the College Heights Foundation was chartered in 1923, its primary mission has been the administration of funds entrusted to its care by supportive alumni, corporations, organizations, and other friends for the purpose of helping deserving students obtain an education.  CHF exists primarily to administer scholarships and aide worthy students enrolled at Western Kentucky University. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors made up of twelve prominent business and professional leaders who serve without remuneration. It is a fully-qualified, tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

More about the history of College Heights


Nearly 6,000 students receive some scholarship funding, totaling to more than $29 million. Of that total, more than $5.6 million is provided in private support from the College Heights Foundation. The CHF is proud to be home to over 1,200 scholarships that each hold their own unique story.

Check out University Awarded Merit Scholarships and be sure to get your application in before the January 15th, 2015 deadline.

Incoming Freshmen, be sure to look at the Trust Fund Scholarships for which you may be eligible. 

Returning student scholarships are available here and are open for application February 1st-April 15th, 2015.

Contact Us!

For more information, please contact the College Heights Foundation at
(270) 745-4597 or email

CHF In the News


2014 WKU Scholarship Celebration
2014 WKU Scholarship Celebration

This video shows the impact of scholarships at WKU. Twenty WKU students share their personal stories of success, which were made possible through the generous donations of WKU's donors.

Donald Smith named president of College Heights Foundation
Donald Smith named president of College Heights Foundation

A familiar face at WKU will become president of the College Heights Foundation in January.

Downing to leave College Heights Foundation for Franklin Bank & Trust
Downing to leave College Heights Foundation for Franklin Bank & Trust

Downing to leave College Heights Foundation for Franklin Bank & Trust

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