Kansas Honor Scholars

Kansas Honor Scholars

Kansas Honor Scholars

The Kansas Honor Scholars 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 2019, the Alumni Association and KU’s Office of Admissions and Scholarships awarded $1,000 scholarships to Kansas Honor Scholars Tong Moua, of Kansas City; Elizabeth Winkleman, of Topeka; Zin Phyo, of Garden City; Sammy Wallace, of Liberal; and Cameron Roack, of Winfield. Also honored were Sheldon Perez, of Salina, and Aylin Lara, of Kansas City,, 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 Honors Scholars.

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

Kansas Honor Scholars 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 Scholars 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 business days before the event. Walk-ups are welcome and will need to check in at the registration table at the event.

Oct. 7 | Great Bend – online registration closed

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

Oct. 9 | Garden City – online registration closed

Garden City High School
2720 Buffalo Way
Garden City, KS

Oct. 14 | Manhattan – online registration closed

Manhattan High School
2100 Poyntz Ave.
Manhattan, KS

Oct. 22 | Hays – online registration closed

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

Oct. 23 | Wichita – online registration closed

Heights High School
5301 N. Hillside
Wichita, KS

Oct. 28 | Wichita – online registration closed

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

Oct. 29 | Colby – online registration closed

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

Nov. 4 | Emporia – online registration closed

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

Nov. 6 | Salina – online registration closed

Salina Central High School
650 E. Crawford
Salina, KS

Nov. 7 | Hutchinson – online registration closed

Hutchinson High School
810 E. 13th
Hutchinson, KS

Nov. 11 | Lawrence – online registration closed

Lied Center
1600 Stewart Dr.
Lawrence, KS

Nov. 12 | Topeka – online registration closed

Washburn Rural High School
5900 SW 61st St.
Topeka, KS

Nov. 13 | Pittsburg – online registration closed

Pittsburg High School
1978 E. 4th St.
Pittsburg, KS

Nov. 20 | Kansas City – online registration closed

Wyandotte High School
2501 Minnesota Ave.
Kansas City, 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.



Jayhawk alumni and friends are welcome to attend the Kansas Honor Scholars 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.