Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs

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The Chancellor's Student Awards site will begin
accepting nominations and applications
January 2nd, 2013.

There are two ways for students to be included in the pool of applicants for the Chancellor's Student Awards.

  1. Students may be nominated by a faculty/staff member or friend. Nominations are completed and submitted electronically at The student will be notified of the nomination and will need to submit a completed Chancellor's Student Awards application.

    The Chancellor's Student Awards Committee is accepting nominations until Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

  2. Without being nominated, a student may complete a Chancellor's Student Award application and submit it electronically to the Chancellor's Student Awards Committee at

    Applications are accepted until Friday, February 10th, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. A current resume and personal statement including list of activities are required for a complete application. These documents can be uploaded from a .doc, .pdf, or .txt file.

If you have any questions regarding the application process for the Chancellor's Student Awards, please contact Lindsay Hamm at the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at (785) 864-4060 or

The committee will consider each nominee for all awards in which they meet the criteria as outlined below:

Agnes Wright Strickland Award

Established in 1953 in memory of Agnes Wright Strickland, member of the class of 1887. The award, which consists of a lifetime membership in the University of Kansas Alumni Association, is given annually in the spring to a graduating senior in recognition of a good academic record, demonstrated leadership in matters of University concern, respect among fellow students, and indications of future dedication to services at the University.

Alexis F. Dillard Student Involvement Award

Presented to a graduating senior who has unselfishly contributed to the University through active campus involvement. This award was established in 1993 by the family and friends to remember and honor Alexis F. Dillard.

Caryl K. Smith Student Leader Award

Presented to a graduating senior fraternity man or sorority woman with high academic achievement, who has demonstrated involvement with, and commitment to, his/her chapter, the national organization, the KU Greek Community, the University and the Lawrence community. All nominees must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average. This award was established by the Panhellenic Association in 1993 in honor of Caryl K. Smith's dedication and support of the University of Kansas Greek community during her tenure as Dean of Student Life.

Class of 1913 Award

Established by the Class of 1913 the award is given annually to a graduating senior man and a graduating senior woman who by his or her evidenced intelligence, devotion to studies, and personal character gives promise of usefulness to society.

Donald K. Alderson Memorial Award

Presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated loyalty to and interest in the University and who has been an active participant in student activities and services of benefit to other students. This award was established in memory of Donald K. Alderson, former Dean of Men and Dean of Student Services.

Rusty Leffel Concerned Student Award

Presented to a student who has demonstrated through his or her actions a real concern for furthering the ideals of the University and of higher education. The Award was established by a group of graduating seniors in 1973 to honor their friend and fellow student, Rusty Leffel. Any classification of student is eligible.

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2012 Recipients
  • Agnes Wright
        Strickland Award
    •       Hunter M. Hess
    •       Megan Kristin Ritter

  • Alexis F. Dillard Student
        Involvement Award
    •       Paige Alexandra Blevins
    •       Amber Lynn Jackson

  • Caryl K. Smith
        Student Leader Award
    •       Benjamin Andrew Pyle

  • Class of 1913 Award
    •       Erin Elizabeth Atwood
    •       Greg Loving

  • Donald K. Alderson
        Memorial Award
    •       Julia Anelle Lester-Barnard

  • Rusty Leffel Concerned
        Student Award
    •       Libby A. Johnson
    •       Emily Ruth Lamb


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