Summer Success Academy

June 19 - July 28, 2017

The Adidas Leadership Scholars program begins with a six-week long residential summer program to help students in their transitions into the university. The Summer Success Academy consists of four main components:

  1. Math course 
  2. Humanities or social science course
  3. Team project
  4. Programming designed to help orient students to campus

Scholars agree to mandatory attendance at selected academic and co-curricular events throughout the program and commit to enroll in designated classes in summer 2017, fall 2017, and spring 2018 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).

What will I do when I'm not in class during the Summer Success Academy?
During the summer Scholars will begin working with program staff through bi-weekly meetings with academic success coaches, academic advisors, and peer mentors. Scholars will also be led through a series of programs, activities and services that work together – and with you to put you on the path to college success:
  • Individualized study skills and learning-style assessments
  • Academic skills workshops including time management, note taking, study skills, exam preparation, and strategies for working with your professors
  • Peer mentoring
  • Leadership development
  • Introduction to key faculty and staff
  • Individualized guidance and support from Financial Aid, Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC), University Career Center (UCC), Academic Achievement and Access Center (AAAC) and more
  • Social, community service, and networking events
Why do the Adidas Leadership Scholars come to campus for six weeks prior to the start of their freshmen year?
This is a unique opportunity to get on campus early so you can start using the resources, meeting the people, taking initiative, and developing the skills to make the most of your college education. The program offers you support and guidance while at the same time inspiring you to new and exciting levels of academic achievement, involvement, and leadership development. The Adidas Leadership Scholars program is one of those once in a lifetime opportunities. The individual guidance and coordinated support you will receive are unique to the program and can help ensure your early and ongoing college success.
How much does it cost to participate in the program?

The Adidas Leadership Scholars is open to students who are Pell-grant eligible or meet first-generation to college status. In order to verify eligibility, all applicants are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as follows:

  • The FAFSA for 2016-2017 (University of Kansas school code is 001948)
  • The FAFSA for 2017-2018 (University of Kansas school code is 001948)

To encourage student participation and assist with financial obligations, students will utilize their Pell award and institutional funds to offset any costs of 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).

Where will Scholars live and dine while on campus for the summer program?
Scholars are required to live in the KU residence halls for the six-week summer program. More information about the specific housing accommodations along with a list of items scholars should plan to bring with them to the program will be emailed to scholars in May. Scholars will also be provided with a KU dining plan, which can be used in any of the dining facilities on campus. KU dining plans cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the program.
Are there any deadlines or important dates to consider?
The following list provides a summary of some of the important dates and deadlines for the Adidas Leadership program and the 2017-18 academic year. Please make sure to also follow any dates and deadlines for the 2017-18 academic year as provided by KU Undergraduate Admissions, Student Housing, and Financial Aid
  • April 24 – Priority deadline to apply and submit FAFSA for the Adidas Leadership Scholars program
  • May 1 – Enrollment deposit due to KU
  • Mid-May –  Priority deadline applicants will be notified of admission status (Date subject to change)
  • Late May/Early June – Mandatory orientation for Adidas Leadership Scholars
  • June 19 – First day of the Adidas Leadership Scholars summer program
  • July 1 – Official transcripts must be submitted to confirm your KU admission status and scholarship, if awarded.
  • July 28 – Last day of the Adidas Leadership Scholars summer program
  • August 21 – First day of the fall 2017 semester

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