HONORS OPPORTUNITY AWARDS AND COVID-19 CANCELLATIONS

We recognize that during this time, many programs may be cancelled to minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure.  Please review the following FAQs related to the distribution and tracking of Honors Opportunity Awards.  

What if my program is cancelled?

If you have already received your award check, please contact Morgan Baumann at baumannmo@ku.edu.  We will work with you to coordinate the return of the check, or if you have lost costs due to the cancellation, we will determine if the award can cover these costs.

My program has been cancelled, but some of my expenses are non-refundable. Can I use my award to cover these costs?

Each situation is different.  We will work with you to try to minimize lost costs. Please provide documentation for your expenditures and verification that they are non-refundable.

My program has been cancelled.  Can I use my funds for another purpose?

Please contact Morgan Baumann at baumannmo@ku.edu with the details of your situation.  In most cases, we will cancel the existing award but prioritize the student for future award consideration.  Honors Opportunity Awards are provided from a variety of sources, some of which are designated for particular types of opportunities.  For this reason, we require that students reapply should their plans change.

When can I expect to receive my award check for summer or fall 2020 programs?

Due to ongoing efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we are holding the processing of student award checks until their program is confirmed.  We strongly encourage you to set up direct deposit if you have not already done so.  Domestic students, please complete the KU Endowment Direct Deposit Form.  You will need to fill out this form and email it to us with a copy of a blank voided check or a screen shot of your online banking portal that verifies your account and routing numbers.  International students, please complete the Direct Deposit-International form.  You will need to fill out this form and email it to us with a copy of a blank voided check or a letter from your bank verifying your account and routing numbers. Please contact Morgan Baumann at baumannmo@ku.edu with questions.

When is the next Honors Opportunity Award application deadline?

To ensure the best use of available funds and accommodate modified timelines for some programs, we have combined the two remaining deadlines into a single deadline on May 1, 2020.  More information will appear in the Honors weekly email.

 

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 are evaluated according to how well an opportunity enriches a student’s course of study. Priority is given to students receiving an Honors Opportunity Award for the first time. Financial need will also be considered.  
  • 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 study abroad program.
  • For conferences, priority will be given to students presenting at a conference.
  • Honors does not currently support graduate school application expenses or course or certification fees.
  • Honors Opportunity Awards are not intended to cover the cost of tuition.

​​Students are allowed to submit only one application per Award Period and only one application per Opportunity.  Please review our FAQ for additional information.

Four Award Periods:

 

Period

Applications Open

Application Deadline

Notified By

Period I

June 22nd

Sept 1st

Sept 22nd 

Period II

Sept 21st

Nov 15th

Dec 6th

Period III

Dec 6th

Feb 1st

Feb 22nd

Period IV

Feb 22nd

May 1st

June 5th  

 

APPLY HERE


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

  • 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.  Students will need to complete and return a W-9 form to Nunemaker Center.  If an International Student wishes to receive funds via direct deposit, they must complete and return the Authorization for Electronic Deposit form along with a voided blank check or a statement from their bank listing the routing and accounting number.  If a Domestic Student wishes to receive funds via direct deposit, they must complete and return direct deposit form for KU Endowment.


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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  Supports KU Honors student opportunities. 
Drs. Lou and Gary McClelland Honors Research Endowment Supports KU Honors student awards ror 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, M.D., 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, and 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  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.

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