University Scholars Program Scholarship

Every year, twenty outstanding second-year students from a variety of disciplines are selected to become the new generation of University Scholars.
Each University Scholar:

  • receives a one-time scholarship ($1500)
  • is connected with a faculty mentor,
  • and enrolls in an interdisciplinary seminar taught by a faculty member noted for a distinguished teaching record.

Details on the Spring 2017 University Scholars Seminar:

"Stories of Human Rights and Social Justice."

We are living in what has been called the “Era of Human Rights.” The concept of human rights is now regarded as “self-evident,” and its global recognition and acceptance is seen as perhaps the greatest moral triumph of the 20th century. It is the argument by which the international community has attempted to address massive human “wrongs”—war crimes, genocide, political and religious repression, slavery and human trafficking, and so on. Yet in the face of continuing large-scale atrocities, we might well ask how successful the vocabulary of human rights has been at promoting a more socially just world. This year’s University Scholar’s course, led by Professor Marta Caminero-Santangelo from the English Department, will explore the intertwined concepts of human rights and social justice from a variety of perspectives, and will pay particular attention to stories of the past and present (first-person accounts, novels, graphic narrative, journalism and non-fiction, as well as blogs and websites) that have attempted to raise national and international awareness of human rights violations and to promote social justice.

The course will be offered Thursdays, 2:00-4:30. 

How to Apply

1) Fill out the application.

2) Ask two people to fill out the recommendation form.

Applications for the 2017 cohort are due September 22. Interviews are planned for October 16.

Students in their second year at KU with a strong academic record (about 3.75 gpa) are invited to apply at the beginning of the fall semester. University Scholars are selected on the basis of academic credentials; commitment to their education; intellectual promise; involvement outside of the classroom; and evaluations by instructors, advisers, and other faculty members.

University Scholars Application
University Scholars Recommendation Form
Application FAQs

Still have questions? Contact program director Dr. Anne Wallen at

Two informal drop-by info booths will be held in early September: September 1 from 9-11 in Anschutz Library and September 2 from 2-3 in the International Room in the Kansas Union.

Note: The Global Scholars Program, housed in the Office of International Programs is a sibling program to the University Scholars Program; students may apply for only one of the two programs.

2015 University Scholars

History of the University Scholars Program

The University Scholars program was founded in the Spring of 1982 by Judge Deanell Tacha then Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor Francis Heller. The program now counts over 600 alumni, including 4 Rhodes Scholars, 3 Marshall Scholars, 27 Goldwater Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, and leaders in a variety of fields. KU Endowment funds University Scholars.

2015-2016 University Scholars
2014-2015 University Scholars
2013-2014 University Scholars
2012-2013 University Scholars
2011-2012 University Scholars
2010-2011 University Scholars
2009-2010 University Scholars
2008-2009 University Scholars
2007-2008 University Scholars
2006-2007 University Scholars

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
RT @KUTechnology : .@KUnews students get free access to Microsoft Office 365! See other free and discounted software at…

KU Today