Ex.C.E.L. Award

Excellence in Community, Education, and Leadership

In conjunction with the Student Union Activities, the Student Involvement & Leadership Center, and the Student Alumni Network, the Homecoming Steering Committee will select and honor two KU students with the annual Ex.C.E.L. Award for Excellence in Community, Education, and Leadership.


These two students will be chosen based on their capacity for leadership, effective communication skills, involvement in the KU community, academic scholarship, and their ability to interact and work with a wide variety of students and organizations. The selected recipients of the Ex.C.E.L. Award will also each receive a cash gift and an award plaque from the KU Alumni Association.


All applications will be screened, and finalists will be selected to interview with the Ex.C.E.L. Award Selection Committee, comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators from various University departments. The Ex.C.E.L. Award finalists are presented and recognized during Homecoming Week.


The 2023 Ex.C.E.L. Award is presented by:

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must be enrolled as full-time University of Kansas undergraduate students during the 2023-2024 academic year and have a minimum of 60 total credit hours.
  • Applicants must have maintained a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than a 3.0.
  • Applicants must submit an application, supply one reference letter and their contact information, a personal statement, and a résumé or CV.
    • The reference letter must be from a KU faculty, staff, administrator, or representative of a community service agency.
  • Past Ex.C.E.L. winners are not eligible to apply for the award.
  • Winners are awarded a $250 stipend, an award plaque, and recognition at the Football game and throughout Homecoming week at various events.

Application Process

Students interested in applying for the award must submit:


  • Online application
  • Personal Statement discussing your qualifications for this award based on your KU experiences.
  • Résumé/CV
  • Reference letter and contact information for one reference


  • Online application opens: September 11 at 8 a.m.
  • Online application closes: Oct. 6 at 5 p.m.
  • Upon notification that a candidate is a finalist, virtual interviews will take place Oct. 12-13.
  • Finalist notifications: October 17 by 5 p.m.
  • Finalist will be asked to attend the following events:
    • Homecoming Kick-Off | Oct. 23 | 5:30-7 p.m., Jayhawk Welcome Center 
    • Homecoming Awards Banquet | Oct. 24 | 6-7:30 p.m., Jayhawk Welcome Center, The Pub & Bruckmiller
    • Football Game: KU vs. Oklahoma | Oct. 28 | Time-TBD, David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium



Please complete the application below and upload the required materials.

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Student Clarification
By typing your name in the signature line below, you hereby certify that:

1. The information provided on this application is accurate and I understand that an incomplete application may result in my being declared ineligible for this award.

2. I understand that award recipients are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress and high standards of conduct.

3. I grant permission to the committee to check and be aware of my current GPA.

4. I understand that I am expected to be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2023-2024 academic year.

5. I understand that I am expected to participate in Homecoming activities if selected as a finalist and/or the award winner.

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