Adidas Leadership Scholars Program FAQs

Who is eligible? How do I know if I am a first-generation student or Pell-grant eligible?
The Adidas Leadership Scholars program is designed for incoming KU students who are Pell-grant eligible or first-generation. A first generation college student is a someone who identifies as the first person in their family to attend or graduate from college. Your Pell-grant eligibility will be listed on the confirmation page of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you've already received your Financial Aid Overview from KU, you can check your Pell-grant status through the Financial Aid Award Screen in Enroll & Pay. Pell-grant eligibility is determined by the U.S. Department of Education based on the information submitted on the FAFSA. More information about the FAFSA and student aid can be found through the Federal Student Aid website.
How does the Adidas Leadership Scholars program benefit students?
While all KU students have access to academic advising, career services, leadership opportunities, and programming; the Adidas Leadership Scholars program is designed to ensure that participants are intentionally utilizing student support services and guided through activities that maximize their ability to be successful at KU and beyond. Scholars will “hit the ground running” through the Summer Success Academy, which not only connects participants with academic resources but also helps them get acclimated to the classroom setting at KU while earning credit towards their degree. The program also provides students with special opportunities only available to Scholars including corporate site visits, mentoring, and summer enrichment support.
What are the participation requirements?
The Adidas Leadership Scholars program is designed for incoming KU students who are Pell-grant eligible or first-generation. The program is a four-year commitment that begins in the summer months leading up to your first semester at KU. All Scholars are required to participate in the six-week Summer Success Academy. During the academic year, Scholars will be required to participate in a series of programs, workshops, and to regularly meet with student support staff (e.g. academic advisor, career coach). Don’t worry, every semester the Program Director will provide you with an overview and checklist of required items to complete. The goal is to have these activities complement your academic commitment, not to add a burden. Additionally, Scholars are expected to complete 30 credit hours per year (including transfer hours) and maintain at least a 2.50 GPA throughout the duration of the program.
How long is involvement in the Adidas Leadership Scholars program?
The Adidas Leadership Scholars program is a four-year commitment that begins in the summer months leading up to your first semester at KU. All Scholars are required to participate in the six-week Summer Success Academy. During the academic year, Scholars will be required to participate in a series of programs, workshops, and to regularly meet with student support staff (e.g. academic advisor, career coach).
Does participation in the program affect financial aid and scholarships?
It depends. For most participants, aid will not be affected. Although it is possible that a program incentive (i.e. aid available through the program to offset study abroad costs) could affect your aid award. Our program staff will work closely with you and financial aid to discuss any potential changes in aid and your options.
How are students selected to participate in the Adidas Leadership Scholars program?
Interested students must apply to participate in the program and their application must be on file by the deadline to be considered. The priority deadline for admission into the program for 2017-18 cohort is April 24, 2017. Participants must be admitted to KU for the fall semester as an undergraduate student, Pell-grant eligible, and/or first generation. The application is available online and you will need to know your KU Online ID and password in order to access the application.
How will applications be evaluated?
Participant essays will also be reviewed for level of interest in the program. All applicants will have their Pell-grant eligibility and first generation status verified through the information provided on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
When will I learn if I have been offered admission to the program?
Applicants will be notified via email and snail mail of their status, including any next steps required to confirm their intention to participate in the program in mid-May.
What happens if I am admitted to this program but cannot attend the Summer Success Academy?
Accepted applicants who are unable to attend the Summer Success Academy will be unable to continue in the program. The Academy is a major component of the program that cannot be substituted with another activity. Applicants who are concerned about their ability to participate in the summer program should contact the Program Director to discuss their individual situation and to identify other success programs on campus that the student is eligible to participate in during their first year at KU.
Where can I find my KU Online ID?
Your KU Online ID is what you setup, along with your KU email, after you were admitted to the university. See the "Next Steps for Admitted Students" section of the Undergraduate Admissions website. It is not the login information you used to apply to KU. You need your student ID number in order to create a KU Online ID.

Questions? Contact Us.

Email: adidasleadership@ku.edu

Phone number: 785-864-4907

Contact person: Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies


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