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Kugelman Honors Summer Institute

KHSI 2022

The Kugelman Honors Summer Institute (KHSI) is a free one-week residential summer program for high school students who are rising juniors and seniors. Students will live together in Pace Hall on the University of West Florida's campus. Faculty, staff, student leaders, and community experts will engage high school students in meaningful discussions and high-impact experiences.

KHSI features high-impact (HIP) experiences similar to those completed by Kugelman Honors Program students. These HIP experiences include travel to historic downtown Pensacola and other sites.

Participants will be matched with an Honors Mentor! Mentors will share their stories and perspectives on being a Kugelman Honors Program student at UWF.

KHSI participants will gain confidence in their ability to be successful in college and an understanding of the Kugelman Honors Program's values, benefits, and opportunities. Students will develop skills in interdisciplinary thinking, professional and productive communication, personal goal-setting, critical thinking, meaningful reflection, note-taking, project management, and much more!


Must Haves:

  • Prescriptions
  • Toiletries
  • Bedding for a twin-size mattress or a sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Towels & washcloths
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Clothing (even though it's summer in Florida, a light jacket or sweatshirt is recommended in case of indoor temperature variations)
  • Pajamas
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Cash (enough for two meals and two snacks for outings)

Will Probably Want:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sealed snacks (recommended for special dietary needs)
  • Other shoes 
  • Extra money

What is the Kugelman Honors Summer Institute?

The Kugelman Honors Summer Institute is a free one-week residential program. The institute is intended for rising high school juniors and seniors who wish to learn more about what it means to be part of the Kugelman Honors Program and a Living Learning Community (LLC). Selected students will live together at the center of the Kugelman Honors Program's LLC in Pace Hall on the University of West Florida's campus. Students will engage in discussions and high-impact experiences with UWF Kugelman Honors faculty, staff, students, and community experts.

Who is eligible to apply to the Kugelman Honors Summer Institute?

Rising high school seniors and rising high school juniors.

How many summer institutes will Kugelman Honors have?

There will be two Kugelman Honors Summer Institutes. They are as follows:

KHSI: College Readiness is for 24 rising high school seniors from June 5 through June 9, 2023. 

KHSI: Identity is for 24 rising high school juniors from July 17 through July 21, 2023. 

How much does it cost?

The Kugelman Honors Program provides the following to KHSI participants:

  • Room and board
  • Most meals and snacks
  • Supplies for workshops and projects

Students are responsible for the following costs:

  • Meals and snacks for two off-campus excursions 
  • Souvenirs, if desired
  • Any other miscellaneous items

When is the KHSI application deadline?

Both institutes' application deadline is 5:00 PM on Friday, May 19, 2023. 

KHSI Rising Seniors Application

KHSI Rising Juniors Application

Also, parents and guardians must submit a Family Information Form (linked below) by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 19, 2023. Additional forms (Waiver, Assumption of Risk & Release of Liability Form, and a Field Trip Release Form) will be collected at Check-In.

KHSI Rising Seniors Family Information Form

KHSI Rising Juniors Family Information Form

When is Check-In at Pace Hall?

Parents and guardians check in students with the KHSI team at Pace Hall on the University of West Florida's campus. Parents and guardians must present a valid ID and sign a waiver and release. 

Rising High School Seniors: Monday, June 5, 2023, from 8:30-10:30 AM.

Rising High School Juniors: Monday, July 17, 2023, from 8:30-10:30 AM

Where is Pace Hall?

Pace Hall is located on The University of West Florida's main campus. We are located on a service road off Campus Drive, adjacent to Parking Lot T. Use our interactive digital map by searching for Building 930 or Pace Hall.

Directions to UWF

When is Check-Out at Pace Hall?

Parents and guardians check out students with the KHSI team at Pace Hall. Parents and guardians must present a valid ID.

Rising High School Seniors: Friday, June 9, 2023, from 4:00-5:00 PM. 

Rising High School Juniors: Friday, July 21, 2023, from 4:00-5:00 PM.

Are there any special events for parents and guardians to attend?

Yes! Parents and guardians are invited to see students present their final projects. Please see below for more information.

Reception & Final Presentations

KHSI rising high school seniors will present their final projects at the closing reception (location TBA) on Friday, June 9, 2023, from 2:30-3:30 PM.

KHSI rising high school juniors will present their final projects at the closing reception (location TBA) on Friday, July 21, 2023, from 2:30-3:30 PM.