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Success by Design: adidas Leadership Scholars

The adidas Leadership Scholars program is designed for incoming KU students who identify in at least one of the following categories:

  • First Generation: parents (natural or adoptive) have not earned a college degree
  • Low income: based on federal guidelines as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Historically underrepresented minority: racial and ethnic populations that are disproportionally represented in higher education including Black, Latinx, Native, Pacific Islander

Scholars enter a comprehensive four-year leadership and development program involving accelerated coursework, leadership training, experiential learning opportunities, and community mentoring and service. The program will assist scholars by streamlining their educational experience to prepare them to graduate as scholars who can be leaders in their community.

Scholars agree to mandatory attendance at selected academic and co-curricular events throughout the program and commit to enroll in designated classes in summer 2018, fall 2018, and spring 2019 with academic advisor assistance. Students will need to maintain a 2.50 GPA each semester in order to continue in the program. To encourage student participation and assist with financial obligations, students will utilize their Pell award and institutional funds to offset any costs for the Summer Success Academy. No additional costs are required for Scholars to participate in the summer program. Summer housing and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided for the six-week program as well as enrollment in summer courses (up to 6 credit hours).

Setting the Pace

Kick off your KU experience with the Summer Success Academy where students are enrolled in two college classes that will count towards graduation. In this fast pace experience students will learn what it takes to be successful in a college classroom, while getting an early introduction to campus life at KU. The program will help you contiue to build a strong academic foundation throughout your frist year at KU. Scholars will be exposed to academic resources, meet regularly with staff, and develop habits that fit their learning style. 

Moments of Impact

Scholars will be introduced to experiences geared towards intentional development of self, leadership and career. They will be encouraged to explore different majors and career options to figure out what is the best fit for them.These learning experiences include field trips to local and national industries; one-on-one coaching with a professional career coach; and program and campus events geared towards increasing a student’s professional skills such as communication, problem solving, team work, and collaboration.  

Practice Makes Perfect

In the summer scholars are expected to participate in experiential learning opportunities. This means scholars will be asked to engage in purposeful, meaningful experiences outside of the classroom in order to expand and enhance academic, personal and career interests. Scholars may be eligible for up to $2000 to support their experiences. Current scholars have used funding to support opportunities such as study abroad experiences, internships and research opportunities.

Going the Distance

As scholars begin to wrap up their time at KU, the program will provide opportunites to prepare students for what's next including career development, professional school prep support, and tools to help with decision making. Scholars will work with dedicated staff to develop a plan for their next steps and figure out what their legacy will be to KU. Our hope is for scholarss to develop an intentional legacy to leave behind for the benefit of future scholars, KU or Lawrence community. 

Questions? e-mail adidasleadership@ku.edu or call 785-864-4907

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