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Office of Scholar Development

Image: How big can you dream?WKU has been named among the Top Fulbright Producing Institutions.Photograph: Jon HendriePhotograph: Sarah SchraderPhotograph: Chad CoomerPhotograph: Bailey MackPhotograph: Top row, from left: Scholarship recipients Tyler Allen of Flushing, Mich.; Kaleiah Brown of Gary, Ind.; Valerie Farsetti of Louisville; Alexandra Hezik of Campbellsville. Bottom row, from left: Scholarship recipients Asia Larkin of Whites Creek, Tenn.;  DaMario Walker-Brown of Lexington; alternates Margaret Riney of Owensboro, Keeley Stephens of Bowling Green.Photograph: Megan LaffoonPhotograph: Chad Coomer, Jon Hendrie, Wesley Bromm, Allison Feikes, Angelika Masero, Amy Correll, and Clarice EschPhotograph: From left: Megan Laffoon, John Andrew Cliburn, Clarice Esch, Charles “Chad” Coomer, Nitin Krishna, Hillary Asberry, Gretchen Walch and Sarah Schrader.

13 WKU Students Awarded Lifetime Experience Grants for 2013-14

WKU biochemistry student Jonathan David Hendrie received two grants to continue research in Germany to develop a new expert model system for laparoscopic training.

May 2014 graduate Sarah Schrader and four other alumni were honored by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Chad Coomer, a 2014 graduate in biology and chemistry, received a U.S. Student Fulbright grant to the UK. He has also been accepted into the National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program.

Bailey Mack, an international affairs and Spanish major from Louisville, was one of six WKU students awarded Critical Language Scholarships. In the past three years, Mack has studied Chinese at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, participated in a faculty led study abroad trip to Xi’an, China, and studied jungle conservation at Chontachaca Ecological Preserve in Peru.

Eight WKU students have been recognized by the U.S. Department of State through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program.

All four WKU students nominated for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program have been honored by the premier award for undergraduates pursuing careers in science, mathematics or engineering. Pictured: Megan Laffoon, a biology major of Louisville.

7 Students, Most in WKU’s History, Honored by Fulbright Program

Eight of WKU’s current students have been recognized by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

Our Mission

The Office of Scholar Development (OSD) challenges students to dream big and assists them in making those dreams attainable. OSD staff members help students apply for nationally competitive scholarships by assisting students in finding opportunities to be engaged in their chosen fields beyond the classroom and aiding them in the process of finding the right programs, making important contacts, developing strong proposals, and revising numerous drafts. The office works with students on all WKU campuses and in all majors and degree programs. In the 2013-2014 academic year, OSD helped WKU students to win over $1 million in external scholarship funding. Beyond the dollars and cents, national scholarships help students to study abroad, conduct research, complete undergraduate and graduate degrees, and change lives.

Additionally, we offer support to faculty and staff members in their endeavors to assist individual students and promote research, creative activities, and achievement university-wide. We collaborate with faculty and staff to apply for grants to create opportunities for students, develop workshops related to our mission, and celebrate the successes of WKU students and their faculty advisors.

Learn more about how OSD can help you.

Fall 2008 – Spring 2014 Successes

48 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships

19 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships and Honorable Mentions

16 U.S. Student Fulbright Grants

16 Critical Language Scholarships

11 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships and Honorable Mentions

7 SMART Scholarships

7 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Awards

5 Morris K. Udall Scholarships and Honorable Mentions

2 Boren Scholarships for International Study

Find Us On Campus

We are located in the Honors Annex (behind the Honors College) on the corner of State St. and College Heights Blvd. Please call OSD at 270.745.5043 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

address: 1906 College Heights Blvd. #31082, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1082; phone: 270.745.5043; fax: 270.745.3568; email:

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