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Summer Success Academy

June 15 - July 27, 2018

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 three main components:

  1. Coursework
    1. College Algebra (MATH 101) or Speaker-Audience Communication (COMS 130)*
    2. Introduction to Leadership (LDST 201) and Intro to Leadership Applications (LDST 202)
  2. Team project
  3. 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 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).

*Only scholars with have earned college-level credit for College Algebra (MATH 101) or have placed into an advanced math course per the math placement policy will enroll in COMS 130. Course enrollment will be determined by program staff.

Do I get to pick the classes I take during the Summer Success Academy?
All scholars will be registered for their summer courses prior to the start of the program and should expect to take two leadership courses (LDST 201 - Introduction to Leadership; and LDST 202 - Intro to Leadership Applications). Both of the leadership courses count towards the Leadership Studies Minor offered at KU. Scholars will also be placed into College Algebra (MATH 101). Scholars who have earned college-level credit and provide proof of said credit may be placed into Speaker-Audience Communication (COMS 130). Additionally, scholars with reported Math ACT or SAT subscores that place them into advanced math courses (per the math placement policy) may also be enrolled in COMS 130. The math instructor working with the Adidas Leadership Scholars program will work with program staff and the student to determine appropriate placement. In some instances it may make sense for a student who has placed into an advanced math course to take College Algebra. For example, a student who plans to pursue a math based major who is uncomfortable with their math skills or who has not taken math for an extended period of time may need to take College Algebra to refresh their skills before moving into a more advanced college-level math course in the fall semester.
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 2017-2018 (University of Kansas school code is 001948)
  • The FAFSA for 2018-2019 (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 2018-19 academic year. Please make sure to also follow any dates and deadlines for the 2018-19 academic year as provided by KU Undergraduate Admissions, Student Housing, and Financial Aid
  • November 1 - Priority deadline for admission to KU (Apply by this date to be considered for scholarships, early decision for scholarship halls, and the University Honors Program) 
  • December 1 - Priority deadline to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (Apply by this date to be considered for as many scholarships as possible)
  • December 15 – Adidas Leadership Scholars application available
  • January thru March 2018 - Students notified of admission into program on a rolling basis
  • February 1 - Deadline to apply for admission to KU
  • March 15 – Deadline to apply for the Adidas Leadership Scholars program
  • March 23 - All remaining applicants notified of admission status
  • May 1 –  Deadline for admitted participants to confirm or deny program participation
  • June 15 –  Adidas Leadership Scholars summer program move-in and mandatory summer orientation
  • July 1 – Official transcripts must be submitted to confirm your KU admission status and scholarship, if awarded.
  • July 27 – Last day of the Adidas Leadership Scholars summer program
  • August 20 – First day of the fall 2018 semester

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