RWJ Scholars Award in memory of Richard W. Judy.

The Honors Program is pleased to announce the establishment of the RWJ Scholars Award in memory of Richard W. Judy.

Richard W. Judy was a graduate of the University of Kansas (BA ’54, MA ’55 in Economics) and a champion of innovation and entrepreneurial activities. While a student at KU, Mr. Judy developed and marketed a prep course to help students successfully complete KU’s Western Civilization course requirement. He went on to a successful career that engaged his interest in analysis, global development, and the future. Richard was best known for his book Workforce 2020: Work and Workers in the 21st Century. He was also devoted to researching, documenting, and exploring many parts of the former Soviet Union.

The RWJ Scholars award is open to students in the University Honors Program, preferably those in their sophomore or junior year. The award recipient will receive $750 based on the strength of an essay and their academic record. Students are invited to submit a piece of writing that addresses some aspect of entrepreneurialism, workforce development, Russian and American relations, or their future.  Submit your essay by April 15.

A committee of Honors staff and faculty appointed by the director will review submissions on an annual basis and select a winner during the spring semester.


Eligible essay topics:

Entrepreneurship—There are many new opportunities for students to seize an idea and grow it into a business. What is a new opportunity that you see on the horizon to develop a product or solution to a local or global need?  What resources would you need to make this idea a reality?

Workforce development—What is an innovation or investment that would improve equity, education and training, and job satisfaction for the U.S. workforce?

Russian and American relations—Why is the relationship between the United States and Russia critical to global stability? What advice would you give to government officials to ensure a mutually advantageous relationship for both countries?

Your future—Which social, political, or economic factors have shaped your thinking about the difference you hope to make in the world over the next five to ten years?


Each of these prompts addresses Richard W. Judy’s abilities to generate new ideas and seizing opportunities.  Essays will be evaluated based on their ingenuity, understanding of the factors that shape human potential, and depth of thought and planning. Essays are encouraged from students across disciplines.

Submit Your Essay Here

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