Kansas Honor Scholars

Kansas Honor Scholars

Kansas Honor Scholars

The Kansas Honor Scholars Program has been a KU tradition since 1971. 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.

In February 2017, the KU Alumni Association’s national Board of Directors convened a task force to conduct the first comprehensive review of the program in 46 years. The task force conducted a survey of past Kansas Honor Scholars, alumni volunteers, high school administrators, keynote speakers and other stakeholders to recommend improvements to the program.

As a result, the Alumni Association introduced a new format in fall 2017 for honoring outstanding Kansas high school students, which will also help create more scholarship opportunities for Kansas Honor Scholars.


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.

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 all high schools for distribution to all 3,500 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 and parents to order.

The keepsake program includes the names of more than 3,500 Kansas Honor Scholars statewide, listed by high school, along with photos from several of the regional events celebrating their achievements.

Order Program



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





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