University Awards

The University Awards are among the most prestigious awards presented at KU. These awards were established to recognize students who embody service excellence, dedication, or whose academic achievements remain stellar.

Each recipient is recognized during a surprise in-class presentation, and the award recipients’ photos are included in the Commencement Program.

Nomination Process

There are two ways for students to be included in the pool of applicants for the University Awards. You do not need to be nominated to apply for any University Awards.

  • Students may be nominated by a faculty/staff member or friend. Nominations are completed and submitted online. The student will be notified of the nomination and will need to submit a completed University Awards application. [Nomination a Student]
  • Without being nominated, a student may complete an application and submit it online to the University Awards Committee.

Application Requirements

Go to KU Academic Works and select "University Awards".  Then "Sign In" in the upper right hand corner to begin your application.  Each application must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (PDF), which includes a list of activities
  • Personal statement (PDF)
  • Contact information for letter of recommendation author

Letter of Recommendation Process

Applicants should request one letter of recommendation from a faculty member, adviser, mentor, employer or peer.  

  • Submit the contact information for your Letter of Recommendation on your University Awards application in Academic Works
  • Signed and scanned letter of recommendation in PDF format will be submitted by your recommender through Academic Works

Award Descriptions



Wednesday, December 23, 2021 Nominations & Applications Open
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 | 5:00 PM Nominations Close
Wednesday February 10, 2021  | 5:00 PM Applications Close
Tuesday, February 23, 2021   Letter of Recommendation Submission Close


If you have any questions regarding the application process for the University Awards, contact Jane Tuttle in Student Affairs at 785-864-4060 or jtuttle@ku.edu.


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