Yarick-Morgan Prize for Excellence

The Yarick-Morgan Prize for Excellence recognizes graduates of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences who have completed the University Honors Program and will pursue a graduate degree at the University of Kansas. The one-time, non-renewable scholarship of $10,000 is awarded for one academic year. 


  • Completion of the University Honors Program
  • Undergraduate major in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Enrollment in a graduate degree program at any University of Kansas campus


  • Completed online application form
  • Curriculum Vitae, highlighting University Honors Program participation
  • Personal Statement answering the following question: How has the University Honors Program enhanced your undergraduate education and helped prepare you for your future? Max 500 words
  • One letter of recommendation about the student's academic excellence and preparation for graduate study (ideally from the student's undergraduate major) must be submitted.

Submit Letter of Recommendation Here

In addition, the selection committee will access your undergraduate advising report in lieu of a transcript. 

Deadline:  May 21

Please list your recommender here. Note that it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to contact your recommender and provide him/her with a link to submit the letter.
Please upload your complete application in a single file (ideally a PDF). A complete application includes C.V. or Resume and Personal Statement. Please make sure your name is on each page of the application.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
By submitting this application, I agree to waive my right to access the letter of recommendation. I understand that I am responsible for informing my letter writer about the submission deadline and sending reccommender a link to the submission site. I understand that the committee will review my unofficial transcript as part of their deliberations. I agree that my personal statement may be used, in whole or in part, for University Honors Program publications.
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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