Two Kansas University students will be presented today with a $500 award honoring their community education and leadership.
Amy Turnbull, Lawrence senior, and Ron Chen, Topeka junior, were recognized during Friday's homecoming parade and received the cash prize at today's football game between Kansas and Colorado in Memorial Stadium.
The student-funded Award for Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership is known as the EX.C.E.L. Award. It's presented by KU's Student Union Activities organization and Board of Class officers.
EX.C.E.L. awards were established in 1991 to recognize a male and female student for achievement. It substitutes for selection of a homecoming king and queen.
Finalists for the award were chosen on the basis of leadership and communication skills, involvement in the KU community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a wide variety of students and organizations.
Turnbull and Chen were picked from 10 finalists and 20 applicants. To be eligible, students had to be a full-time undergraduate student with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Other finalists were: Ayshea Charity, Lawrence senior; Aroop Pal, Lawrence junior; Jeffrey Stowell, Augusta senior; Jessica McNickle, Ashland senior; Kevin Lafferty, Valley Center senior; Ashleigh de la Torre, Topeka senior; Heather Stoehr, Papillion, Neb., senior; and Margaret Strayer, Glen Ellyn, Ill., senior.