Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Outstanding Contribution Award

Each year, we select one student to receive the Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Outstanding Contribution Award.  The student receives a $1,000 award and has an opportunity to inspire the incoming first-year students at Honors Convocation. This year, those nominated will also be asked to submit a resume and a brief statement on a proposed address topic so we can learn a little more about them. 

This award recognizes an Honors student who has demonstrated leadership, innovation, and engagement in the University Honors Program. Students who serve as hands-on role models for peers, develop new programs for current and future Honors students, and/or make a transformational mark on the University of Kansas as a whole, should be considered. The award winner gives a brief address at Honors Convocation in August.  Past award winners are: 

  • Leigh Loving - 2014
  • Gabby Murnan - 2015
  • Rajvi Shah - 2016
  • Aly Lange - 2017
  • Rachel Atakpa - 2018
  • Sam Steuart - 2019
  • Lauren Jennings - 2020
  • Radhia Abdirahman - 2021

Submit Nominations Here

Feel free to nominate multiple qualified students. 

Nominations are due April 26th.  After receiving nominees’ materials, applications will be reviewed and an in-person interview will be scheduled for finalists.  The award recipient winner will be notified by May 14th.   

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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
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60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
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