Giving to the Honors Program
Alumni and friends like you make it possible for our students to go farther, to do more, and to learn more deeply. We would be tremendously grateful if you gave online by using the buttons below. Online giving is secure, speedy, and simple thanks to KU Endowment, the non-profit fundraising organization that supports KU.
To learn more about how contributions to University Honors are used, please see the fund descriptions below.
Support Honors Opportunity Awards
All general gifts to University Honors contribute to the Honors Opportunity Awards. These scholarships fund vital learning experiences that take Honors students out of the classroom for hands-on learning opportunities.
Mary Klayder Study Abroad Opportunity Award
- These awards support students participating in Honors Study Abroad Programs led by Dr. Mary Klayder - Travel Writing and Costa Rica, The London Review, and The British Summer Institute.
University Honors Program General Fund
- This unrestricted fund supports Honors Opportunity Awards, which provide transformational experiences to our students. These experiences include internships, study abroad opportunities, and service work.
J. Michael Young Opportunity Award Fund
- The J. Michael Young Opportunity Award provides funds to Honors Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to attend academic and professional conferences or to conduct research away from the KU campus. This fund is in memory of J. Michael Young, professor of Philosophy and director of the University Honors Program from 1990 to 1995. Read More
The McClelland Honors Research Endowment
- This fund, established by Drs. Gary (c'69) and Lou (c'69) McClelland, supports student research in the Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The two funds below support University Honors students beyond the Honors Opportunity Awards.
Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Outstanding Contribution Award
- This fund recognizes an Honors student each year at Freshman Honors Convocation who demonstrates leadership, innovation, and engagement in the University Honors Program. The UHP selects a student who has served as a hands-on role model for peers, developed new programs for current and future Honors students, and/or has made a transformational mark on the University of Kansas.
University Scholars Enhancement Fund
- The University Scholars Program offers scholarship support, faculty mentors, and an interdisciplinary seminar experience for twenty of KU's most talented students. Recent seminar topics include The Rhetoric of the Nobel Prize, Kansas City, and Law and Society. Students selected as University Scholars often become KU nominees for prestigious national scholarship competitions, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, and Truman Scholarships.