Kansas Honor Scholars

Kansas Honor Scholars

Kansas Honor Scholars

The Kansas Honor Scholar Program has been a KU tradition since 1971 and has honored more than 140,000 high school seniors—from all 105 Kansas counties and approximately 360 high schools—for ranking academically in the top 10 percent of their class. It is designed to promote academic excellence in secondary education, to reward high school seniors for their hard work and dedication, and to support our Kansas communities.

The program is made possible by KU Endowment, alumni donations and proceeds from the Alumni Association’s Jayhawk license plate program, and allows the University and the Alumni Association to create more scholarship opportunities for students.

In 2018, the Alumni Association and KU’s Office of Admissions and Scholarships awarded $1,000 scholarships to Kansas Honor Scholars Ralph Dayacap, of Wichita; Erika Landes, of Mulvane; Laura Malagon-Palacios, of Garden City; Lindsay Nichols, of Augusta; and Alexis Villanueva, of Lyons. Also honored were Javier Mendoza, of Liberal, and Raylynn Wartman, of Ulysses, who were named the latest recipients of the Herbert Rucker Woodward Memorial Scholarship, which for more than 20 years has awarded $1,000 renewable four-year scholarships to Kansas Honor Scholars.

Alumni and community members are welcome to contribute to the Kansas Honor Scholar Program.

Kansas Honor Scholar Ceremonies

Fourteen ceremonies will be held in Colby, Great Bend, Lawrence, Salina, Emporia, Hays, Manhattan, Topeka, Garden City, Hutchinson, Pittsburg, Wichita (2 ceremonies) and Kansas City. Scholars are encouraged to attend the ceremony that is most convenient.

Ceremonies will include speakers, recognition of the scholars, and a reception for scholars, families, school administrators and alumni. Scholars who attend a ceremony will receive a distinctive Kansas Honor Scholar medallion.


To register for a program, please click on the program you want to attend and complete the registration form.

If you do not receive a confirmation email after registration, your registration was not successfully submitted. Please try again or contact Michelle Lang at michellem@kualumni.org with questions.

In order for your name to be included in the printed program for the event you are attending, you must register at least one week prior to the event. Online registration will close three days before the event. Walk-ups are welcome and will need to check in at the registration table at the event.

Sept. 18 | Pittsburg

Memorial Auditorium
503 N. Pine St.
Pittsburg, KS

Oct. 2 | Great Bend

The Club at Stoneridge
1438 24th St.
Great Bend, KS

Oct. 3 | Salina

Salina Central High School
650 E. Crawford
Salina, KS

Oct. 15 | Topeka

Topeka High School
800 SW 10th St.
Topeka, KS

Oct. 17 | Garden City

Garden City High School
2720 Buffalo Way
Garden City, KS

Oct. 18 | Hays

Thomas More Prep-Marian High School
1701 Hall St.
Hays, KS

Oct. 22 | Colby

Colby High School
1890 S. Franklin Ave.
Colby, KS

Oct. 23 | Manhattan

Manhattan High School
2100 Poyntz Ave.
Manhattan, KS

Oct. 29 | Wichita

Campus High School
2100 W. 55th St. S.
Wichita, KS

Oct. 30 | Emporia

Emporia High School
3302 W. 18th Ave.
Emporia, KS

Nov. 7 | Wichita

Heights High School
5301 N. Hillside
Wichita, KS

Nov. 8 | Hutchinson

Hutchinson High School
810 E. 13th
Hutchinson, KS

Nov. 14 | Kansas City

Wyandotte High School
2501 Minnesota Ave.
Kansas City, KS

Nov. 28 | Lawrence

Lied Center
1600 Stewart Dr.
Lawrence, KS

Local recognition

The Association will mail certificates to participating high schools for distribution to all Kansas Honor Scholars. School administrators can determine the best way to recognize their scholars at school events during the academic year.

Commemorative Program

Kansas Honor Scholar Class of 2018 booklet coverA commemorative program that recognizes the 2017-’18 Kansas Honor Scholars is available for students, parents and school administrators to order.

The keepsake program includes the names of more than 3,600 Kansas Honor Scholars statewide, listed by high school, along with photos from several of the regional events celebrating their achievements.

Programs will be shipped in the spring.




Jayhawk alumni and friends are welcome to attend the Kansas Honor Scholar ceremonies. You may also contribute to the Kansas Honor Scholar Program and/or a scholarship fund for Kansas Honor Scholars.




For questions about the Kansas Honor Scholar Program, contact Michelle Lang at 785.864.9769 or michellem@kualumni.org.