The Center believes in the importance of publicly recognizing and honoring those who are role models and trail blazers, advancing the promotion of gender equity through their actions and by their example. To this end,, the Center hosts several awards programs every year. Follow the links below to learn more about the Center's awards programs or view previous award winners.
In the mid 1960's the Center began hosting an annual women's recognition program to honor and publicize the outstanding women at KU. The Center continues this tradition today. Every April the Center hosts a Women's Recognition Banquet wherein we honor the outstanding KU women students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. All student recipients receive a cash award made possible by the University of Kansas Women's Memorial Scholarship Fund and the support of the Center's generous friends. To learn more about becoming a Friend of the Center, or to donate to the KU Women's Memorial Fund, click here or contact us.
The Hall of Fame honorees are exemplary KU alumnae, faculty, staff and affiliate women, who through their significant contributions and achievements, overall impact, outstanding character, and scope of influence, serve as role models for students as career women and community leaders.
The Pioneer Woman winners are exemplary Kansas women who have made historic contributions of local or statewide significance. Only one woman per year is chosen for this prestigious award and she need not be affiliated with the University. The Pioneer Woman award is given out every year at the annual Recognition Award Banquet.
The Women of Distinction Calendar recognizes KU women students, staff, faculty, and alumnae for their achievements. You can nominate a KU woman who has distinguished herself through outstanding achievement and contributions to KU and/or the community, serving as a role model, and challenging gender stereotypes. (This program is currently on hold as we review our recognition programs.)
The KU Men of Merit Poster recognizes people who redefine masculinity by challenging norms, taking action, and leading by example while making outstanding achievements and contributions to KU and/or the Lawrence community. (This program is currently on hold as we review our recognition programs.)