Tradition of Excellence Award

About the Award

The Tradition of Excellence Award is awarded to University of Kansas students who are dedicated to upholding the prestige and history of the students who came before them, and who wish to continue carving a path of distinction for the future. Often seen as visionaries and leaders among their peers, these students strive to contribute to the development and ongoing success of the University of Kansas. Whether they enrich the learning of others by serving as a teaching assistant, dedicate themselves to their chosen student organization, donate their time through service to the Lawrence community or just enjoy being the captain of their dorm’s intramural team, these students actively and positively enhance the KU community through a variety of avenues. They all share one common goal: leaving their positive, lasting legacy at the University of Kansas. Funding for this award is provided by the philanthropic activities of the Student Endowment Board, as sponsored by KU Endowment.

Tradition of Excellence Award Applicant Requirements

  • Be a current, full-time KU student in good standing with the university at the time of application and disbursement of award,
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 unweighted scale,
  • Have demonstrated individual initiative, creativity, responsibility, cooperation, campus enrichment, and leadership ability,
  • Must show how they have made a significant contribution to the University of Kansas, both present and future, and
  • Submit an essay of no more than 750 words.
  • Student Endowment Board members are NOT eligible to apply for or receive this award.

Applications close March 14th at midnight.

Questions? Please contact the Student Endowment Board advisor: Amanda Painter (

Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you enrolled full time?
  2. Please answer the following questions in an essay of no more than 750 words:

    1. In what ways have you demonstrated leadership on campus?
    2. What makes you an exceptional Jayhawk?
    3. How have you made a difference at the University of Kansas?
    4. How will your contributions to KU enrich the lives of future students and the University of Kansas community as a whole?
    5. Describe the ways that this award would affect you and help you toward your future goals.
  3. In order to successfully finish your application, we would like to know about your KU involvement, work experience, extracurricular activity involvement, honors/awards, and volunteer experience. You may answer the individual questions below OR upload your resume/CV.

    Provide a description of your past/current work experience. Include company name(s), position, and length of employment.
  4. Provide a description of your past/current extra-curricular activities. Include organization name(s), position, and length of involvement.
  5. Provide a description of your past/current honors or awards. Include name(s) and year(s) awarded.
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