Wells Fargo Foundation establishes scholarship fund to support military-affiliated students at WKU

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Following the Veterans Day celebrations and a number of festivities to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of ROTC at Western Kentucky University, the College Heights Foundation has announced a $15,000 scholarship gift from the Wells Fargo Foundation through support from the Ridley Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.

The Wells Fargo Military Support Scholarship Fund will be an endowed scholarship fund for military-affiliated students at WKU.

WKU is proud to be named a Military Friendly School and has earned national recognition in Military Times’ Best for Vets rankings. The university provides personalized support for active duty military, veterans and dependents through the Office of Military Support Services. In addition, WKU offers the only Veterans Upward Bound program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, an award-winning Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and an Office of Veterans Affairs.

The Wells Fargo Military Support Scholarship Fund will be available for WKU students classified as active duty military, veterans or dependents, with first preference given to those based at Fort Knox or Fort Campbell. Currently, more than 2,900 self-identified military affiliated students are enrolled at WKU.

“This scholarship will assist in addressing a significant need with our current military-affiliated students,” Dr. Donald Smith, president of the College Heights Foundation, said. “The Wells Fargo Foundation’s generosity demonstrates their commitment to those who have served our country and will afford them an opportunity to pursue their education at WKU.”

John Ridley, of Wells Fargo Advisors, said, “Private scholarship support is critical for those seeking to advance themselves through higher education, particularly for those brave individuals who serve in our military. It is our privilege to provide these funds to assist those who serve our great country!”

The Wells Fargo Military Support Scholarship is part of the WKU Opportunity Fund, a donor-driven fundraising campaign to benefit WKU students through needs-based financial assistance in support of recruitment, retention and educational experiences that might otherwise remain out of students’ reach.

For more information, contact Jessica Carver at (270) 745-2342.