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SELF: Fire in the Belly

The application to join the SELF Program in Fall 2018 is now open. The deadline to apply for the Class of 2022 is December 1, 2017. Please contact engrself@ku.edu or adam.smith@ku.edu with questions.

NEW THIS YEAR: Prospective applicants to the SELF Program may apply via the University's Application for Admission. Students who apply through this method need not complete an additional application. Students who miss this opportunity or change their interest area after applying may complete the web application. Both applications opened on July 1, 2017.

To apply via the website, please view the Application Instructions.


Attributes of a SELF Fellow

The SELF Program is intent on identifying and nurturing engineering and computer science students with strong leadership and achievement qualities and who have a desire to orchestrate innovation in business and industry during their careers. Students chosen for the program should demonstrate key attributes that relate to successful leadership, such as:

  • Recognition and a strong interest in developing strong leadership and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills,
  • Practical intelligence,
  • Motivation and goal oriented (strong need for personal achievement that extends beyond grades and the SELF Program),
  • Self sufficiency (mental toughness; inclination to proactively address and overcome challenges and adversity),
  • Perseverance and diligence,
  • Creative problem solving skills,
  • High energy level,
  • Some evidence of early leadership skill development that can be expected to contribute toward a noteworthy career, and
  • A primary desire to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering and a view that the degree is a "springboard" to significant opportunities for leadership and entrepreneurial roles in industry, in established businesses, or in a start-up entrepreneurial role. The applicant's desire to further business skills, possibly through an MBA may also be a consideration.

Applying to the SELF Program

There are two points at which a student may apply to the SELF Program: during the high school senior year and during the sophomore year of college.

For more information about each process, please click the tab below to find out more about the process in which you are interested.

For high school seniors 

Who's Eligible to Apply?

Most students who are admissible to the KU School of Engineering are eligible to apply for the SELF Program. Strong candidates will be able to show a track record of attributes that relate to successful leadership.

  1. Academic performance: Prospective students (incoming freshmen) must be eligible for admission to the KU School of Engineering. ACT/SAT scores may be considered only to the extent of determining admission of the student into the School of Engineering.
  2. Complete and submit all application materials by the deadline.
  3. Applicants give permission to the selection committee to review all academic records and contact references.
  4. Applicants must be willing to visit the campus and participate in interviews and other assessment methods employed as part of the selection process.
  5. Applicants understand and accept the responsibilities of a SELF Fellow.

How to Apply

NEW THIS YEAR: Prospective applicants to the SELF Program may apply via the University's Application for Admission. Students who apply through this method need not complete an additional application. Students who miss this opportunity or change their interest area after applying may complete the web application. Both applications opened on July 1, 2017.

The application for students entering the KU School of Engineering in Fall 2018 is now open. The final deadline for submission of all application materials is December 1, 2017.

To apply via the website, please view the Application Instructions.

Selection Process

A selection committee will review all materials received by the deadline and will conduct interviews with several of the students who best demonstrate the SELF Program attributes through their application. Interviews will be conducted on campus in February. Following interviews, about 30 students will be chosen to take part in the SELF Program at the start of the fall semester. All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of February 2018.

 

For current sophomores

Approximately 5 sophomore level engineering students with a track record of motivation, leadership and action will be selected to join this innovative program in their junior year. SELF Fellows will receive an outstanding enrichment and leadership program paired with $7,000 in each of the junior and senior years. Students completing their second year of engineering curriculum are eligible to apply. Strong candidates will be able to show a track record of attributes that relate to successful leadership and will demonstrate how the SELF Program will help them work toward their passions.

Who's Eligible to Apply?

Most students who have been admitted to a program in the KU School of Engineering will be eligible to apply for the SELF Program. Click here to see the basic requirements expected of applicants. Strong candidates will be able to show a track record of attributes that relate to successful leadership.

  1. Academic performance: Prospective SELF Fellows must have made two academic years' progress toward a bachelor's degree program in the School of Engineering and have at least two years remaining in their undergraduate career following the conclusion of the spring semester in which they submit their application. Additionally, a cumulative GPA, both engineering and KU, of 3.0 or higher is required in order to be considered for the Program. For questions regarding the academic performance criteria, contact Adam Smith.
  2. Complete and submit all application materials required for current students by the deadline.
  3. Applicants give permission to the selection committee to review all academic records and contact references.
  4. Applicants must be willing to participate in interviews and other assessment methods employed as part of the selection process.
  5. Applicants understand and accept the responsibilities of a SELF Fellow.

How to Apply

The application for students finishing their second year at KU in the spring of 2018 will open in December 2017.

In addition to the online application, three letters of reference are required. These will also be submitted electronically through a form emailed to the references.

Selection Process

A selection committee will review all materials received by the deadline and will conduct interviews with several of the students who best demonstrate the SELF Program attributes through their application. Interviews will be conducted on campus in March. Following interviews, about five students will be chosen to take part in the SELF Program. Those selected will be asked to make themselves available for at least two cohort meetings prior to the end of the spring semester.

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