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The adidas Leadership Scholars Program is not currently accepting applications for the summer of 2019. Check back for future opportunities to get involved with this program

Summer Success Academy

All admitted adidas Leadership Scholars are required to participate in the program's Summer Success Academy. This is a 6 week program that takes place on campus. During this time students will complete New Student Orientation, take two classes that will go towards their college degree, live together in on-campus housing, and participate in programming geared to helping students make the transition to KU. The cost for the classes, room, meal plan, and basic supplies including textbooks will be covered by the program. 


All scholars will be pre-enrolled in courses before arriving based on previously earned college credit and Math placement scores. All courses the scholars are enrolled complete a KU core requirement and will be applied towards all degree plans, no matter the scholar's major.

Scholars will take:

  • College Algebra (MATH 101) or Speaker-Audience Communication (COMS 130)*
  • Introduction to Leadership (LDST 201) and Intro to Leadership Applications (LDST 202

*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.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Summer Success Academy

What will I do during the Summer Success Academy?

Scholars can expect to spend a good chunk of ther day during the Summer Success Academy in class. Also, during the summer Scholars will begin working with program staff through regular 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:

  • Academic skills workshops including time management, note taking, study skills, exam preparation, and strategies for working with your professors
  • Peer mentoring
  • 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

Click here to see a sample of a scholar's Summer Success Academy Schedule

Apart from the initial orientation weekend, scholars do not have required events on the weekend. 

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?

All applicants are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as follows:

  • The FAFSA for 2018-2019 (University of Kansas school code is 001948)
  • The FAFSA for 2019-2020 (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. 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.
Can scholars work during the Summer Success Academy?
Due to the rigor of this program over the summer it is not recommended that scholars try to maintain summer employment during this time. Most of the weekdays scholars are either in class or engaged in program related activities from 8am-6pm. Weekends are mostly free with some optional activities. It is our preference that scholars use this time to rest, rejuvenate and catch up on assignments for the upcoming week, however if employment is something you feel is necessary, weekends may be a suitable time for scholcademic year. Weekend employment and plans cannot interfere with class and required program activities.

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

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