Kansas Honor Scholars Program

Kansas Honor Scholars The Kansas Honor Scholar Program has been a KU tradition since 1971 and has honored more than 140,000 high school seniors—from all 105 Kansas counties and approximately 360 high schools—for ranking academically in the top 10 percent of their class. It is designed to promote academic excellence in secondary education, to reward high school seniors for their hard work and dedication, and to support our Kansas communities.

The program is made possible by KU Endowment, alumni donations and proceeds from the Alumni Association’s Jayhawk license plate program, and allows the University and the Alumni Association to create more scholarship opportunities for students.

In 2018, the Alumni Association and KU’s Office of Admissions and Scholarships awarded $1,000 scholarships to Kansas Honor Scholars Ralph Dayacap, of Wichita; Erika Landes, of Mulvane; Laura Malagon-Palacios, of Garden City; Lindsay Nichols, of Augusta; and Alexis Villanueva, of Lyons. Also honored were Javier Mendoza, of Liberal, and Raylynn Wartman, of Ulysses, who were named the latest recipients of the Herbert Rucker Woodward Memorial Scholarship, which for more than 20 years has awarded $1,000 renewable four-year scholarships to Kansas Honor Scholars.

Alumni and community members are welcome to contribute to the Kansas Honor Scholar Program.

Kansas Honor Scholar Ceremonies Fourteen ceremonies will be held in Colby, Great Bend, Lawrence, Salina, Emporia, Hays, Manhattan, Topeka, Garden City, Hutchinson, Pittsburg, Wichita (2 ceremonies) and Kansas City. Scholars are encouraged to attend the ceremony that is most convenient.

Ceremonies will include speakers, recognition of the scholars, and a reception for scholars, families, school administrators and alumni. Scholars who attend a ceremony will receive a distinctive Kansas Honor Scholar medallion.



1600 Stewart Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

Ticket Office
 785-864-2787
Weekdays: 11 am–6 pm

Performance Day
Open at least one hour prior to all ticketed performances.

Administrative Office
 785-864-3469
Email: lied@ku.edu
Weekdays, 8 am–5 pm


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