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Those who start strongest lead.

The KU Adidas Leadership Scholars program is built around seven critical components that are designed to help Scholars get a jump-start on their academic career by guiding them towards the ultimate goal: GRADUATION. The program is open to incoming freshmen who identify as low income, first generation or an underrepresented minority.

This program is built to support students throughout their time at KU. The program begins with a six-week Summer Success Academy that includes two college courses, and is aimed at giving students a head start on their academic journey at KU. Throughout the school year each student will meet one-on-one with staff as well as attend events focused on student success and achieving goals. During the summers scholars are required to participate in an experiential learning opportunity to support academic and future goals. Additional funding is available to support summer experiences. Current scholars have used funding for internships, study abroad, and research opportunities. 

Seven critical components:

  1. On-campus summer coursework (Summer Success Academy)
  2. Community of scholars
  3. One-on-one academic advising and success coaching
  4. Peer mentoring
  5. Career coaching
  6. Summer opportunities with possible funding (experiential learning)
  7. Local and global professional mentors


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Jayhawk GPS is a Student Success Management System designed to establish an online connection between a student and their academic support network which includes their academic advisors, faculty, and other support staff.

Jayhawk GPS is a Student Success Management System designed to establish an online connection between a student and their academic support network which includes their academic advisors, faculty, and other support staff. Visit jayhawkgps.ku.edu for more information.

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