A service of the University Honors Program for all KU undergraduates

Astronaut Scholarship

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation provides $10,000 scholarships for "outstanding students who exhibit motivation, imagination and exceptional performance in the fields of engineering, mathematics and natural or applied sciences." As of 2015, KU is one of a select number of institutions that may nominate students for this award.

In 2017 we will nominate FOUR students; up to two students will receive the scholarship after submitting to the national foundation.


Students eligible for the current application cycle are those who:

  • major in Natural or Applied Science, Engineering or Mathematics (biomedical research students are eligible; pre-med students are not).
  • will be a junior or senior at the beginning of the next academic year.
  • will have completed two years of full-time study at the University of Kansas by the coming fall semester.
  • will maintain full-time student status during the coming academic year.
  • have conducted a considerable amount of research in their field.
  • are U.S. citizens.

Faculty members must nominate students for the award; students may not apply directly.

Campus Selection Process

Faculty members are encouraged to fill out an initial nomination form to help the scholarship committee's planning. We will pass on relevant information to students who have received initial nomination.

Faculty members may mentor students through the application process.

Campus level nomination packages are due February 15, 2017. The campus selection committee will choose the nominees, who will then revise and finalize their applications before the national deadline in March.

Campus Application Components

Students selected as nominees will receive guidance in February as they revise their applications. They will also be required to provide:

  • Official academic transcripts
  • Proof of citizenship


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KU Today
Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report