Honors Opportunity Awards

These awards, approximately $250-$1,500, provide financial support to Honors Students to take advantage of opportunities for intellectual and academic growth. Study abroad programs, service work, internships (unpaid or with significant financial costs), conferences (out-of-state or international) and off-campus research are examples of such opportunities. (For on-campus research funding opportunities, see the Center for Undergraduate Research.)

Review Committee Considerations:

  • Students must be members of the University Honors Program to apply, with undergraduate status while participating in the opportunity.
  • Students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA to apply. Priority will be given to students who are active in the University Honors Program.
  • Applications will be evaluated according to how well an opportunity enriches a student’s course of study. Priority will be given to students receiving an Honors Opportunity Award for the first time. Financial need will also be a consideration.
  • For study abroad programs, priority will be given to students traveling abroad for the first time. The review committee will also consider the length of the program.
  • For conferences, priority will be given to students presenting at the conference.

​​Students are allowed to submit only one application per Award Period and only one application per Opportunity.

Three Award Periods:

Period: Application Deadline:
Period I November 1
Period II February 1
Period III April 15

Awards are usually granted within one month of the application due date. Successful applicants may be required to submit additional tax-related paperwork prior to receiving the funding.

APPLY HERE

  • Sign In using your KU Online ID and Password (red "Sign In" button on top, right)
  • Select "Apply" beside the Honors Opportunity Awards option

Note: Awards may be considered taxable income to parents or to students who have “independent” financial aid status. Special tax rules, which vary by country, may apply to international students.


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Virtually all Honors awards and scholarships are funded by private donors. Students who are selected may be awarded from one of the following funds:

Dr. Thomas D. Bath, Summerfield Scholars Honors Opportunity Award Supports KU Honors Student opportunities. Preference for in-state students.
The Bernard And Zeugin Family Fund Supports KU Honors Student opportunities. Preference for students from Leavenworth County, KS.  
Box Jayhawk Health Initiative Grant Supports KU Honors Students participating in the Jayhawk Health Initiative.
Brad Bradley Internship Fund Supports KU Honor Students participating in non-profit internships.
Lavon Brosseau Honors Program Special Opportunity Fund Supports KU Honors Student opportunities. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.
James K. Hitt Opportunity Award Supports KU Honors Student opportunities. Preference for three equal awards to support creative exploration and research in each of the three general disciplinary areas.
Harrison Jedel and Jeff Weinberg Scholars Opportunity Fund Supports KU Honors Pre-medical and Engineering Students. Expenditures may include, but are not limited to scholarship support and funding for special student opportunities.
Katzman-Brooks Family Fund Supports KU Honors Student opportunities. 
Mays Family Opportunity Fund in Honors Supports KU Honors Student opportunities. 
Drs. Lou and Gary McClelland Honors Research Endowment Supports KU Honors Student Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Miller Make a Difference Fund Supports KU Honors Student awards for underrepresented and first-generation students with demonstrated need.
David A. Ontjes, Md, Honors Opportunity Fund Supports KU Honors Student opportunities. 
James C. and Julia Markham Piper Fund Supports KU Honors Student opportunities. 
Sailors London Review Fund Supports KU Honors Students participating in the London Review.
Saricks Humanities Opportunity Fund Supports KU Honors Students study of the humanities - used for, but not limited to, lectures on the humanities, students studying the humanities, travel funds for conferences or seminars.
Schurle Family Study Abroad Fund Supports KU Honors Students in study abroad programs.
Kala Mays Stroup Intern Fund Supports KU Honors Students engaged in internships or research with nonprofit, philanthropic, or public service organizations.  
Russ and Barb Swenson Opportunity Fund Supports KU Honors Students travel to South America, Central America, or the Caribbean with a preference for significant undergraduate field research.
David and Nancy Pinet Tilford Family Fund Supports KU Honors Student opportunities.
University Honors Program Advisory Board Awards Supports KU Honors Student opportunities.
Thomas and Sharon Van Dyke Opportunity Fund in Honors Supports KU Honors Student opportunities.
J. Michael Young Opportunity Award Supports KU Honors Student opportunities.
Young Family Opportunity Award Supports KU Honors Student opportunities. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
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