The Hixson award helps incoming Freshman who are Kansas Residents facing major personal and financial hardships come to KU. Awards are renewable for four years. Hixson Scholars engage in advising, tutoring, workshops, peer mentoring, and community service. Applicants must have faced significant personal challenges, financial hardship, and demonstrate financial need.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Have either of your parents/guardians completed a four-year degree program?
  2. If yes, please elaborate (biological, adoptive or step-parent or legal guardian):
  3. Please provide a personal statement. Your personal statement should be specific and MUST address each of the following: a. the significant personal challenges and financial hardship you have faced, b. how you are handling these challenges, c. your potential to succeed at the University of Kansas and contribute to its community, d. and your status as a first-generation student, if applicable.
  4. Please provide a name and email address for a letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor, a teacher, a community leader, or another individual who knows you well. (Family members may not be a reference.) Choose someone who knows your personal story well. The selection committee cares greatly about the content of the letter, more than the title or position of your reference.