Western Kentucky University

Scholarships

Beginning Freshmen University Scholarships

   

Western Kentucky University is pleased to announce the following scholarships
offered to beginning freshmen who begin attendance in the fall 2015 semester.

Admission application deadline is January 15, 2015 except for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship (see details below). Additional requirements are also listed below. Official high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores should be submitted
at the time of application for admission.


Cherry

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Cherry Presidential Scholarship  (Admission application deadline is Nov. 15, 2014)

Competitively awarded. Applicants with a minimum 3.80 unweighted GPA and ACT composite of 31 (1360 SAT) who wish to be considered for this level of award must complete the application for admission by November 15, 2014 and the Honors College application by December 1, 2014.  Covers in-state tuition, $4090 on-campus housing allowance, $2274 meal allowance, and $1000 book allowance.  Participation in the Honors College is required.  Renewable with a 3.5 overall GPA and good standing in the Honors College.  Must maintain full-time enrollment.  Apply now for admission:  www.wku.edu/apply

*Your Honors College application serves as your application for the Cherry Presidential scholarship, if received by December 1, 2014.  Apply now.

More information on the Honors College at WKU can be found here.  The admission application for all other scholarships is January 15, 2015.

Founders

1906 Founders  

Competitively awarded. Applicants with a minimum 3.80 unweighted GPA and ACT composite of 31 (1360 SAT) who do not compete for the Cherry Presidential or those that competed for the Cherry Presidential and were not selected, are eligible to compete for the 1906 Founders Scholarship. Covers in-state tuition, $3,000 on-campus housing allowance, $500 book allowance and participation in the Honors College.  If not selected for 1906 Founders and GPA is 3.9 or greater, will receive in-state tuition. If overall GPA is greater than or equal to a 3.80 and less than a 3.90, will receive 50% in-state tuition.  Renewable with 3.5 overall GPA and good standing in the Honors College.  Must maintain full-time enrollment.

Hallmark

Hallmark

National Merit or Achievement Semi-Finalist and a minimum 3.00 unweighted GPA.  Covers in-state tuition, standard semi-private room on campus, and $500 book allowance.  Renewable with 3.5 overall GPA.  Must maintain full-time enrollment.

Regents

Regents

Applicants with a minimum of 3.90 unweighted GPA and ACT composite of 28 (1240 SAT). Covers in-state tuition (National/International Academic Scholarship recipients not eligible).  Renewable with 3.5 overall GPA.  Must maintain full-time enrollment. 

GSP

KY Governor's Scholar

Participant in the Governor's Scholars Program and not receiving a larger award and a minimum 3.50 unweighted GPA and an ACT composite of 25 (1130 SAT).  Covers in-state tuition.  Renewable with 3.5 overall GPA. Must maintain full-time enrollment.

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Governor's School for the Arts

Scholarships to incoming WKU freshmen who have successfully completed the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts program.  These awards typically cover either the full cost of in-state tuition for up to eight semesters, or half the cost of in-state tuition for up to eight semesters.  They are offered to students planning to major in Creative Writing, Dance, Theatre, Music, Film, Visual Arts, or Visual Studies.

More information can be obtained here.

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Governor's School for Entrepreneurs

A $1500 scholarship will be awarded to the top five applicants to WKU who participated in the Kentucky Governor's School for Entrepreneurs Program and not receiving a larger award.  Applicants must submit application for admission by the January 15 deadline of the high school senior year.  Scholarship awards will be based on cumulative high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores. The scholarship is a four-year renewable award with at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and full-time enrollment. 

Alumni Leadership

Alumni Leadership

Applicants with a minimum 3.00 unweighted GPA and ACT composite of 21 (980 SAT), exceptional leadership.  A two page, double-spaced essay on your experience and goals as a leader as well as completing an activity form at http://www.wku.edu/scholarship/documents/activity_form.pdf .  Please email to scholarships@wku.edu no later than January 15th.  Five scholarships at $1,000.  Renewable. Must maintain full-time enrollment.

Spirit

Spirit Makes The Master  

Applicants with a minimum 3.50 unweighted GPA (based on final high school GPA) and ACT composite of 27 (1210 SAT). Covers $2500 (in-state / Tuition Incentive Program); $5000 (out-of-state).  Renewable with 3.2 overall GPA.  Must maintain full-time enrollment.

Red Towel

Red Towel

Applicants with a minimum 3.30 unweighted GPA (based on final high school GPA) and ACT composite of 26 (1170 SAT).  Covers $1500 (instate/Tuition Incentive Program); $3000 (out-of-state).  Renewable with 3.2 overall GPA.  Must maintain full-time enrollment.

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Rogers Scholars

WKU will offer up to five Rogers Scholars scholarships per academic year.  Beginning freshmen must have at least 3.4 cumulative high school GPA and at least a 24 ACT to be eligible for consideration. Must submit the WKU application for admission no later than January 15 of the applicant's senior year in high school. The scholarship covers the difference between the student's combined scholarships (including WKU, outside, and KEES scholarships) and the cost of tuition.  Recipients cannot receive the Rogers Scholar Scholarship if receiving a larger award from WKU.   A four-year renewable award with a 3.4 overall GPA and  full-time enrollment. 

Trust Fund

Trust Fund Scholarships

Varies according to the criteria established by more than 300 trust funds administered by the College Heights Foundation and the WKU Foundation.  Must maintain full-time enrollment. To apply for Trust Fund Scholarships, complete an activity form at: http://www.wku.edu/scholarship/documents/activity_form.pdf .  More information can be found at: http://wku.edu/chf/documents/1415_scholarship_booklet_2.pdf

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Distinct

Distinct Scholars

Competitively awarded; merit-based; targeted to under-represented populations. Last year’s minimum was a 3.5 unweighted GPA and an ACT composite of  25 (1130 SAT).  Must maintain full-time enrollment.  A four-year renewable award with a 3.0 overall GPA and full-time enrollment.

  • Level 1:  In-state tuition, $4090 on-campus housing, $2274 meals, $1000 books
  • Level 2:  In-state tuition, $3000 on-campus housing, $500 books
  • Level 3:  In-state tuition


Additional Requirements:
Admission applications after January 15 will not be given full consideration. To meet the January 15 deadline, applicants should have qualifying test scores PRIOR to February test dates. Late scores and adjusted class rank cannot be accepted. It is not necessary to apply for a specific award. Students will be awarded the largest scholarship possible. Scholarships are awarded competitively on the basis of ACT/SAT composite scores, cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 unweighted scale, rank in class, curriculum, activities, and honors.

Honors College membership is required for the Cherry Presidential and 1906 Founders Scholarships. If you have a 3.8 unweighted GPA and 31 ACT, you will be invited to apply for a Cherry Presidential Scholarship. Cherry Presidential Scholarship application materials are due two weeks from receipt of your notification of eligibility.   Applicants who are selected for a Cherry Presidential Scholarship interview will be required to attend a mandatory one-day interview in early February.

 All scholarship applicants will be notified by early May. You may access scholarship award information via your TopNet account. TopNet login information is available at http://www.wku.edu/financialaid/howto.php .

While the information presented here is as accurate as possible as of the date of publication, the University reserves the right to make changes that future circumstances may require.

           All applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

 

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