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Welcome to Kitchen 8

Elizabeth Miller Watkins, through generosity, creativity, and foresight, created Watkins and Miller Scholarship Halls at the University of Kansas with the "dream to aid self-supporting girls to get an education."

As all Miller and Watkins residents know, each hall has 7 small kitchens. Although the use of the 7 kitchens has evolved over time, they still remain an integral part of life and camaraderie within the halls. Our organization serves as a link betweenthe past and present women of Miller and Watkins as a metaphoric "Kitchen 8."


Please join us for our 2016 Gala Celebration Weekend

Make plans now to attend the 2016 K-8 Annual Meeting and EMW Memorial Scholarship Awards Brunch, the Watkins and Miller Halls book unveiling, and the Watkins Hall 90th Anniversary Celebration. This memorable weekend will take place April 22-24, 2016.



EMW Memorial Scholarship Recipient Invites K- 8 to Attend Dance Concert


To Kitchen 8 Members,
Hello, my name is Kayla Wegley. I am a current resident at Miller Hall and an EMWM Scholarship recipient. I wanted to contact K8 about an event, in hopes to invite local members to attend and support this project.

I am producing an evening length dance concert titled Alterity, that will be hosted by the KU Department of Dance. Performances will be at 7:00 p.m. March 3 and 4 and 3:00 p.m. March 5 at the Elizabeth Sherbon Theater (Robinson 240), 1301 Sunnyside Avenue.

This show is a curation of student choreography around the various psychological responses to domestic violence and abuse. This show is completely student managed and, boasts 12 works, a cast of over 30 students, and a staff of 15. The concert will also host a collaboration with The Willow Domestic Violence Center of Lawrence, and will display their own Phoenix Project, as well as support the project through an advocacy board and counselors. This show has been selected to be funded by two grants through the KU School of the Arts, and the Undergraduate Research Center. It has also been selected as part of the Hall Center for Humanities Undergraduate Research Center to be presented on April 22.

As only a sophomore student I am very proud of the accomplishments of this production thus far, and I hope to reach out to as many people as possible to support this very worthy cause, and see all the hard work that has been put into producing this show by myself and my colleagues.

In addition to the March 3-5 performances, the University Dance Company's spring performances are the weekend of the annual business meeting and alumni weekend on April 21 and 22. If any alumnae are interested in attending the event they are more than welcome to attend.

If at all possible, please share the information and invite anyone who might wish to attend.

Best wishes,
Kayla Wegley

For More Information


New Applicants Sought for Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarships


Kitchen 8 is preparing for its 2016 Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Awards Presentation on Saturday, April 23. At that time Kitchen 8 will award many academic scholarships to KU women. Scholarship awards are based on outstanding scholastic achievement, demonstrated financial need, and rigorous review of applicants' submissions by the Scholarship Selection Committee.

Online scholarship applications are now available at https://www.growyourgiving.org/scholarships/elizabeth-miller-watkins-memorial-scholarship-fund. The application deadline is March 1. If you have additional questions, contact us at scholarship@kitchen8.org.

To honor the generous legacy of Mrs. Watkins, past residents of Watkins and Miller Halls, through Kitchen 8, established the Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1998. The Fund that began with a few hundred dollars awarded $63,000 in scholarships in 2015. We would like to thank all who have donated through the years. It is amazing how one woman’s vision can impact so many women’s lives.


Mark Your Calender

2017 Events:

Saturday, April 22 – Miller Hall 80th Anniversary Celebration and Special Events

Sunday, April 23 - Watkins and Miller Alumnae Teas



Our Mission

Kitchen 8, K-8, is an alumnae organization comprised of residents, past and present, of these halls and other supporters of Mrs. Watkins' tradition. As the official keepers of her legacy we endeavor to provide a community of support for previous, current and future residents through mentorship, charitable contributions through the Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Fund with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, staying informed of the condition of Watkins and Miller Scholarship Halls and striving to follow her example of compassion and selflessness.