Grants and Awards

Honors Grants and Awards for Current Students

The Lewis Honors College has limited grant opportunities for students interested in education abroad, presenting at professional conferences, engaging in meaningful research, and other significant summer programs. These funds are intended to support students in diving into their field of study, gaining experiences outside of the classroom

Questions and Completed applications should be emailed to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Czarena Crofcheck before 5:00 p.m. on the due date. 

Education Abroad Grants

Deadline: Same as the EA Scholarship deadlines

The Lewis Honors College partners with the Education Abroad Office to offer additional funding to Honors students that have submitted an UK Education Abroad & Exchanges Scholarship. The Honors Grant Review committee will consider the merit of the proposal submitted to the EA Scholarship when making award decisions. Students only need to submit the application to the EA office to be considered and all students that do so will be considered.

Undergraduate Research Grants

Deadline: October 1 or Februray 1

Fall, Spring, or Summer Grants (maximum request $500)

Undergraduate research grants can be used to pay for research materials and supplies, poster printing costs, references, photocopying for research projects being directed by UK faculty. Funds can also be requested to pay for travel associated with performing the research.

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: For the research grants, a faculty research advisor must also submit a letter of recommendation for the student, which clearly indicates the level of support of the faculty member to the research project. Letters should be sent directly to crofcheck@uky.edu.

In addition, Honors students are encouraged to apply for Summer Research Fellowships from the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Research Travel Grants

Deadline: October 1 or February 1

Funds are available to support students presenting at professional conferences, covering costs such as airfare, hotel, and registration (maximum request $500).

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: ​For the conference travel grants, a faculty advisor must also submit a letter of recommendation for the student, which clearly indicates the level of support of the faculty member to the research project. Letters should be sent directly to crofcheck@uky.edu.

Summer Program Grants

Deadline: February 1

Funds can be used to pay for domestic programs that will significantly contribute to the student’s scholarly activity (maximum request $2,000).

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. Students are encouraged to contact Associate Dean Czarena Crofcheck to inquire whether the program has the appropriate scope and caliber to be considered for an award.

  • 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 Honors Medallion Ceremony. 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 

The graduating senior, majoring in science or a related field, who has the highest academic achievement will be named the Diachun Scholar. Selection is based on GPA and course rigor at the end of December before the graduating year. Other academic accomplishments may be given consideration if needed to make a selection: 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 recognition includes a monetary award of $2,500 (May 2019), which can be spent in any way the recipient pleases..

Evans Scholar 

The graduating senior, majoring in humanities or a related field, who has the highest academic achievement will be named the Evans Scholar. Selection is based on GPA and course rigor at the end of December before the graduating year. Other academic accomplishments may be given consideration if needed to make a selection: 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 recognition includes a monetary award of $2,500 (May 2019), which can be spent in any way the recipient pleases.