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Help provide each student with an Opportunity Award! KU’s most successful Honors students link their studies with research, study abroad, internships and fellowships. Opportunity Awards help our students afford these activities.

$1,000 helps a student study abroad

$500 funds a student to present work at an academic conference

$250 funds travel to a regional internship

$100 builds support for an alternative break experience

$50 supports a local internship or service project

KU Honors—ranked #1 among top collegiate Honors programs—provides a thriving community that invites students to study, build peer relationships and network with faculty and advisors.

Make your gift today.


Mary Klayder Study Abroad Opportunity Award

Honors Program Development FundThese 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.

J. Michael Young Opportunity Award Fund

J. Michael Young Opportunity Award FundThe J. Michael Young Opportunity Award provides funds to Honors Students including internships, study abroad opportunities, service work and research. 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

Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Outstanding Contribution Award

Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Outstanding Contribution AwardThis 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.

The McClelland Honors Research Endowment

The McClelland Honors Research EndowmentThis fund, established by Drs. Gary (c'69) and Lou (c'69) McClelland, supports student research in the Honors Program.

University Honors Program General Fund

Honors Program Development FundThis unrestricted fund supports Honors Opportunity Awards, which provide transformational experiences to our students. These experiences include internships, study abroad opportunities, and service work.

University Scholars Enhancement Fund

The Francis Heller FundThe 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.

KU Today
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
Other ways to Give:

For information on other ways to give, please visit the KU Endowment web site. Or for information on other opportunities to assist the Honors Program, please contact Kelly Sartorius at (785) 864-1003 or kellys@ku.edu.