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Program Requirements

What are the commitments during the year?

Fellows spend approximately 40 hours per semester in required activities for the Program. This includes attending cohort meetings, trainings, workshops, and speakers.

What if I change majors within the School of Engineering would I still be eligible for the same scholarship amounts?

Yes, the Fellow would be eligible for the SELF Fellowship as long as the Fellow is a current student and is working towards an accredited degree within the School of Engineering.

What GPA do I have to keep?

Fellows are required to keep a 3.0 GPA.

How many hours must I be enrolled in?

Fellows must be enrolled in 15 credit hours per semester.

Am I required to take any class as part of SELF?

All Fellows are required to enroll in a zero-credit hour SELF seminar course each semester. It is graded but does not cost any tuition.

Scholarship

How much is the scholarship?

Beginning with the freshman class entering in fall of 2016, SELF Fellows are eligible to receive up to $30,500 in financial assistance. This is split by year: $6,000 for the freshman and sophomore years, $8,000 for the junior and senior years. SELF Fellows are also eligible to apply for additional experiential learning funds up to $2,500 during their time in the program. The SELF Fellowship can also be stacked on top of all KU and departmental scholarships and awards, including up to $2000 in Dean’s Scholarship funds.

What if I decide to stay at KU for a fifth year would I still remain in the SELF Fellowship?

The Fellow would not be an active member of the Fellowship, but will become an alumnus of the program.  The alumnus would no longer receive a financial award beyond four years.

What if I go over the estimated cost of attendance?

Students cannot be awarded more aid than the total cost of attendance. That cost is the sum of tuition, fees, room, board, and books which is calculated by the University.

Freshmen application process

Do I have to be admitted to engineering to apply?

Yes, all students must be admissible to the School of Engineering in order to be eligible for the SELF Program.  School of Engineering admissions information can be found here. You may, however, submit your SELF Program application before you are officially admitted to the School of Engineering. 

Do I have to be a US citizen?

Yes, you must be a United States citizen by birth or naturalization. Permanent residents are not eligible to apply.

What should I include on my resume?

Your resume should highlight your achievements outside of class. Focus on your involvement in organizations, volunteer work, sports, or other activities in which you participate. 

What if my reference says the recommendation form e-mail was never received or I need to send it to a different person or e-mail address?

You may resubmit the reference request form with the contact information for the reference(s) who report not receiving the first email. The system will then send another request. If the second request does not reach the reference, please have the reference contact engrself@ku.edu directly to ask for the recommendation form.

Sophomore application process

How much is the SELF scholarship?

The total financial award provided to SELF Fellows that join their junior and senior year is $14,000. This is split by year: $7,000 for the junior and senior years.

What if I decide to stay at KU for a fifth year would I still remain in the SELF Fellowship?

The Fellow would not be an active member of the Fellowship, but will become an alumnus of the program.  The alumnus would no longer receive a financial award beyond two years if added to the program as a rising junior.

What GPA do I need to be eligible to apply to the SELF Program as a sophomore?

3.0 GPA is required to be eligible to apply and to remain in the Fellowship.

How do you define "sophomore"? Is it by credits?

This process is for students who are currently in their second year of engineering. The student should have two years remaining after the completion of the semester in which they apply. If you are a sophomore by credits, but in your first year of college and are going to still take four years (or more) to graduate, you should apply during your second year at KU. Please contact the SELF staff if you need any further clarification. 

Do I need letter of recommendations to apply for the SELF Program as a sophomore?

Yes, you are required to provide three recommendation letters. Details about the recommendation letters will be available when the application for sophomore entry is open.


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