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2019 Awards

This award celebrates the common experiences had at K-State with the 2019 common book, Darius the Great is Not Okay.

Individual Award | Group Award | Faculty/Staff Award | Past Winners

Individual Student Award 
Number of awards:1
Amount of Award:$1,000
Eligibility:Any current K-State student
Submission Deadline:Friday, December 6, 2019 by 11:59 pm

Share your experience with Darius the Great is Not Okay and earn a $1,000 scholarshipYour experience can be shared through a non-fiction essay, creative writing, music, video, visual art, performance art, or some other medium. Indicate the basis for your experience, such as the book, a classroom discussion, or a KSBN-sponsored event, program, or assigned reading selection

Need inspiration? Try one of the questions below:

  • Who are the fathers in this book? What are the father/child relationships in the book and how are they so complex?

  • Sohrab apologizes to Darius before he leaves Iran. "...I was hurting. And you were there. And I knew how to make you hurt as bad as me." Why do we sometimes intentionally hurt the people we care about the most? How do you mend a relationship after the fact?

  • In the acknowledgements the author states, “...But depression can be just as hard to witness as it can be to live with. It's frustrating to love someone and be unable to help them.” What ways can you support someone with depression, while taking care of yourself?

Apply:Applications open


Student Group Award
Number of awards1
Amount of Award:$250
EligibilityCenter for Student Involvement registered student groups, K-State learning communities, and K-State residence
Submission Deadline:Friday, December 6, 2019 by 11:59 pm

Please share your group’s experience with Darius the Great is Not Okay. You can share that experience through whatever medium you prefer. Entries should indicate in some specific way how your group interacted with The Hate U Give and/or with one of the events on campus, such as the a lecture, a classroom experience, or some other event or program. 

For the group application process, please also provide a short (100-150 word) description of how your group would use the $250 award. (Note: The funds may not be donated to another group or organization, and the money must be spent by your group during the Spring 2019 semester.)

Apply:Applications open


Faculty/Staff Award

Number of awards:1
EligibilityCurrent K-State faculty and staff
Submission Deadline:Friday, December 6, 2019 by 11:59 pm

Faculty and staff are invited to submit their learning activities related to the 2019 common reading selection, Darius the Great is Not Okay. Activities may include, but are not limited to, paper assignments, events, discussions, and programs. One outstanding activity will be selected based on:

  • Creative application of theme(s) from the book
  • Engagement of students in program, project, or activity
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for enhancing the educational experience at K-State 
Apply: Applications open


Past Winners

Faculty Winners

2018 - Kathrine Walker Schlageck

2017 - Julie Pentz

2016- Donald Saucier

2015 - Be Stoney

2014 -Charles Sanders

2013-Dan Ireton, Joelle Pitts, and Ben Ward

2012-Laura Donnelly

2011-L. Sue Williams

Student Winners

2018 - Bailey Nobrega

2017 - Cara Hopkins

2016- Mawi Sonna, Individual Award, and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Group Award

2014-Muriel Eaton

2013-Brett Bachman

2012-Jamie Westphal

2011-Shana Gordon, Eric Hampton, Mathew McKernan, Kelly Novosel, and Emilio Quezada

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