New scholarship established at WKU for students in healthcare-related disciplines

Published: Nov. 9, 2018 at 10:53 AM CST
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A new scholarship has been established at Western Kentucky University to benefit students in healthcare-related disciplines.

Dr. Hugh H. and Debby G. Wilhite of Calhoun made the $225,000 gift designed to give first preference to graduates or residents of McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio or Webster counties, the counties surrounding Calhoun, Ky., where Dr. Wilhite has practiced medicine for 44 years.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Dr. Wilhite. “I just feel so fortunate that we’re able to do this.”

“Critical donors like Dr. Hugh and Debby Wilhite enable WKU to remain an institution of opportunity and access,” said WKU President Timothy C. Caboni. “Their generous gift will continue to elevate our students in the healthcare arena, which we know is an area of need in our region.”

Dr. Wilhite came to WKU in the fall of 1958. Because he took 18 hours of classes each semester in the pre-med program and played on the Men’s Basketball team for Coach E. A. Diddle, he said he could most often be found in the gym, the library or his room during his time on the Hill.

Dr. Wilhite often says that his fondest memories of WKU are from sitting on the end of Coach E.A. Diddle’s bench.

“I had one of the best seats in the house,” Dr. Wilhite said. “It was as close to the action as you could get.”

Dr. Wilhite retired on July 1, 2018, after 52 years in family medicine. In addition to his family practice, he served as Medical Director at Riverside Care and Rehabilitation Center in Calhoun for more than 30 years. Dr. Wilhite served two years at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge, S. D. He was also in private practice in Red Lodge, Mont., for five and a half years