Theodore Herfurth and Teddy Kubly Awards for Comprehensive Undergraduate Excellence

A generous grant from the Herfurth and Kubly family allows for awards to seniors who made the maximum use of their time at UW-Madison, demonstrating productivity in the classroom and the community.

Eligibility Criteria
A $4,000 cash prize for seniors judged outstanding in the areas of academic achievement, leadership in constructive extracurricular activities, financial self-support, and effective communication skills.
Students must have senior standing, and plan to graduate the May/August/December following application.

How to Apply
Applicants must be nominated by UW-Madison faculty or staff, and submit an application, resume/CV, and transcript.

Selection Criteria
Selection criteria: academic achievement, service, leadership, financial self-support, effective communication skills.

Award Information
Two awards of $4,000 are given annually to graduating seniors.

Conditions of Award
Ten finalists are selected to attend a dinner in April with selection committee members and a representative from the Herfurth and Kubly family. At the event, finalists will be asked to give a 5 minute prepared speech on the topic of their choice, and a 2 minute impromptu speech responding to a question posed by a member of the selection committee. The award recipients are selected from among the finalists.

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Supplemental Questions
  1. To apply for this award you must be nominated by faculty or staff, and plan to graduate in May, August or December of 2024.

    I understand these eligiblity criteria and verify both are true.
  2. The Herfurth-Kubly Committee will invite 8-10 finalists to an in-person reception and dinner on April 9, 2024 from 4:30-9:00p.m. Attendance is mandatory. At this event candidates will give two short speeches, one prepared and one impromptu.

    I have read and understand this statement (Y/N).
    Please complete and upload the required Herfurth-Kubly application form linked below. Please save and upload this application form in pdf format, and name the file like this: last name_first name (EX: Badger_Bucky). Herfurth Kubly Application Form 2023-2024

  4. Please upload your most up-to-date unofficial transcript. For instructions on how to do this, go to

    Request unofficial transcript

  5. Please list your immediate post-graduation plans. If you are taking a gap year, please list what you plan to do after that gap year. (This is for administrative use only, to collect demographic information about the applicant pool.)
  6. If you answered "other" above, please describe.
  7. I understand that to apply for and receive the Herfurth-Kubly Awards for Comprehensive Undergraduate Excellence I must be a student in good academic and disciplinary standing. I further understand that to be eligible for these awards, I must disclose to the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office past university disciplinary action for academic or non-academic misconduct. Records may be requested to verify the circumstances of any disciplinary infraction.
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