Reminder: Nominate your Favorite High School Teacher for a $3,000 Award!

Office of the Provost
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, 10:41 a.m.
All KU Lawrence Students, Seniors


Do you recall a high school teacher who had a powerful impact on you? Did you have a great teacher?

Now is the time to honor them for their hard work with a $3,000 award!

About the Wolfe Teaching Excellence Award

All KU seniors are being asked to nominate outstanding high school teachers who have encouraged and positively influenced you to dream, aspire and persevere. Such evidence may include a variety of things like great teaching (including how their teaching impacted you), a caring attitude, help with academic decisions, and giving time and creative efforts to guiding you in your academic career path.

High school teachers from anywhere in the U.S. or abroad, as well as in any field, are eligible for the Wolfe Teaching Excellence Award.

Nominations may come from KU seniors in any department on campus and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on January 24, 2023.

To nominate a high school teacher who influenced you, please use the following web form: Wolfe Teaching Excellence Nomination Form

If selected, the high school where your former teacher is employed will also receive $1,000. If conditions allow, the recipients will be honored during commencement weekend at the School of Education and Human Sciences convocation ceremony and at a dinner held in their honor with their student nominator. Several teachers will be selected for the award.

Paper nominations may also be submitted to the attention of: The Wolfe Teaching Excellence Award Committee, c/o Deanne Arensberg, Office of the Chancellor, 230 Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045-7535. The nomination must include:

  • your name,
  • your e-mail
  • your street address
  • your teacher’s name
  • subject taught
  • the teacher’s school and school’s address; and
  • a one-page (minimum) essay on how your teacher influenced your academic development in high school and beyond, and why your teacher is deserving of the Wolfe Teaching Excellence Award.