Grants and Awards

Honors Grants and Awards for Current Students

Student grant funds will be awarded based on the strength of application, level of assistance currently being distributed to the student, and need relative to the cost of the study abroad program. Please keep in mind while creating your application that we wish to provide opportunity for all Honors students to engage in learning outside of the classroom.

Completed applications should be emailed to Eliza Wilde before 5:00 pm on the due date. Questions should be sent to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Czarena Crofcheck.

Education Abroad Grants

Deadline: October 1st or March 1st

Fall or Spring Semester Education Abroad Program (maximum request $2000)

Summer, Winter, or Spring Break Education Abroad Program (maximum request $1000)

The Lewis Honors College offers competitive grant opportunities for Honors students pursuing Education Abroad experiences in either their major/minor areas or in Lewis Honors College sponsored programs. The Honors Grant Review Committee considers the following criteria when reviewing applications for funding:

  • Program Merit and Academic Alignment: Details about the Education Abroad program must be included. Priority is given to programs that have a reputation for being effective and economical. Strong applications will detail how participating in the education abroad program will further serve academic and/or professional interests (i.e. How will the program lead you to better the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the world?  How will it help you explore your purpose, develop intellectually, and lead with integrity?).
  • Academic Merit: In addition to GPA, we also comprehensively examine breadth of coursework across majors/minors; difficulty of course loads by semester; engagement in experiential education opportunities, including previous undergraduate research, service learning, or internships; and/or, co-curricular participation in student groups, organizations, and student government.
  • Program Budget: A detailed budget with all expected expenses, details about other grants being applied for, and how costs will be covered if additional funds are unable to be attained should all be included.
  • Faculty Recommendations: Strong applications will include faculty recommendations that demonstrate a strong endorsement of the student and her/his goals for an education abroad program.

Undergraduate Research Grants

Deadline: October 1st or March 1st

Fall, Spring, or Summer Grants (maximum request $1500)

Undergraduate research grants can be used to pay for research materials and supplies, poster printing costs, references, photocopying.

Undergraduate research can be transformational for many students. Conducting research builds skills in the lab, the field, the library and/or in creative spaces. This award is intended to help support Lewis Honors College students in trying something new or taking their undergraduate education to the next level in a wide variety of disciplines and research methodologies. Self-directed research under the supervision and mentorship of a faculty member is key for a student wishing to deepen their intellectual engagement. Any Lewis Honors College student in good standing is invited to apply for Undergraduate Research Grants. The Honors Grant Review Committee considers the following criteria when reviewing applications for funding:

  • Research Description and Academic Alignment: Details about the research opportunity should be included. Priority is given to programs that have a reputation for being effective and economical. Strong applications will detail how participating in an undergraduate research experience will further serve academic and/or professional interests (i.e. How will the program lead you to better the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the world?  How will it help you explore your purpose, develop intellectually, and lead with integrity?).
  • Academic Merit: In addition to GPA, we also comprehensively examine breadth of coursework across majors/minors; difficulty of course loads by semester; engagement in a variety of experiential education opportunities, including previous undergraduate research, service learning, or internships; and/or, co-curricular participation in student groups, organizations, and student government.
  • Program Budget: A detailed budget with all expected expenses, details about other grants being applied for, and how costs will be covered if additional funds are unable to be attained should all be included.
  • Faculty Recommendations: Strong applications will include faculty recommendations that demonstrate a strong endorsement of the student and her/his goals for a research project.

Research Travel Grants

Deadline: October 1st or March 1st

Funds are available to support students presenting at professional conferences, covering costs such as airfare, hotel, and registration (maximum request $600).

Lewis Honors College students presenting their research at professional conferences or meetings are invited to apply for Research Travel Grants. Attending and presenting at conferences is one of the primary ways students are able to receive substantive feedback on their research, stay abreast of new theories and methodologies in their discipline, as well as engage in collegial networking. 

  • Conference Description and Academic Alignment: Details about the conference and, if applicable, the research being presenting must be clearly outlined. Priority is given to students traveling to conferences that have a reputation for being effective and economical.
  • Academic Merit: In addition to GPA, we also comprehensively examine breadth of coursework across majors/minors; difficulty of course loads by semester; engagement in a variety of experiential education opportunities, including previous undergraduate research, service learning, or internships; and/or, co-curricular participation in student groups, organizations, and student government.
  • Program Budget: A detailed budget with all expected expenses, details about other grants being applied for, and how costs will be covered if additional funds are unable to be attained should all be included.
  • Faculty Recommendations: Strong applications will include faculty recommendations that demonstrate a strong endorsement of the student and explain the importance of the student’s attendance at the conference.

Summer Program Grants

Deadline: March 1st

Funds can be used to pay for domestic programs that will significantly contribute to the student’s scholarly activity (maximum request $2000).

The Lewis Honors College offers competitive grant opportunities for Honors students pursuing domestic programs such as language intensives, fine arts intensives, internships or page programs in state government, national government, international organizations housed domestically, or similarly meritorious programs. This programming can help students develop new skills or discover their career trajectory through hands-on work.

  • Program Merit and Academic Alignment: Details about the program must be provided. Priority is given to programs that have a reputation for being effective and economical. Strong applications will detail how participating in an enrichment program or opportunity will further serve academic and/or professional interests (i.e. How will the program lead you to better the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the world?  How will it help you explore your purpose, develop intellectually, and lead with integrity?).
  • Academic Merit: In addition to GPA, we also comprehensively examine breadth of coursework across majors/minors; difficulty of course loads by semester; engagement in a variety of experiential education opportunities, including previous undergraduate research, service learning, or internships; and/or, co-curricular participation in student groups, organizations, and student government.
  • Program Budget: A detailed budget with all expected expenses, details about other grants being applied for, and how costs will be covered if additional funds are unable to be attained should all be included.
  • Faculty Recommendations: Strong applications will include faculty recommendations that demonstrate a strong endorsement of the student and her/his goals for the enrichment program.

 

Instructions for applying and the application form can be found HERE.

 

Graduation Awards

The following graduation awards are presented at the University Honors and Awards Banquet, typically in April. Students expecting to graduate in December are eligible to be nominated for the graduation awards presented in the Spring semester before they graduate. Nominations should be directed to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Czarena Crofcheck.

Raymond Betts Crystal Award

Given to an Honors student for outstanding service to the Lewis Honors College and the University of Kentucky community at large. Students must be nominated by students, faculty, or staff. 

Diachun Award

Awarded to a graduating senior who has "demonstrated outstanding research talent in the form of his/her Independent Project and who holds high promise for further professional development in graduate school" This $1000 award is to be used for expenses in graduate or professional school. Students must be nominated by students, faculty, or staff.

Leadership Award

Awarded to a graduating senior who has excelled at leadership positions at the university, college, or major level. Students must be nominated by students, faculty, or staff.

Diachun Scholar Award

Awarded to a graduating senior, majoring in science or a related field, who has the highest academic achievement among their peers. Candidates are selected based on their GPA and course rigor at the end of December before their graduating year. Academic achievements such as election to Phi Beta Kappa or Sigma Xi; scholarships such as the Rhodes Scholarship or the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship; recommendations from thesis advisors, and breadth of intellectual interest, such as courses in the humanities. The award includes a monetary award of $2500 (May 2018), which can be spent in any way the recipient pleases.

Evans Scholar Award

Awarded to a graduating senior, majoring in humanities or a related field, who has the highest academic achievement among their peers. Candidates are selected based on their GPA and course rigor at the end of December before their graduating year. Academic achievements such as election to Phi Beta Kappa or Sigma Xi; scholarships such as the Rhodes Scholarship or the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship; recommendations from thesis advisors; and breadth of intellectual interest, such as courses in the sciences. The award includes a monetary award of $2500 (May 2018), which can be spent in any way the recipient pleases.