How to Apply to the SELF Program

SELF: Fire in the Belly

The application for incoming first-year students to join the Class of 2025 is now closed. 

The deadline to apply was December 1, 2020. 

The application to join the Class of 2026 will open on July 1 2021. 

The application for current students to join the 2023 SELF Cohort is now closed.

The deadline to apply  was February 1, 2021. 

Please contact engrself@ku.edu with questions.
 


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 second 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?

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 first-year students) 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.
  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

Prospective applicants to the SELF Program may apply via the University's Application for Admission or their Common App Application. 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 found in the application instructions document.

The application for students entering the KU School of Engineering in Fall 2021 will open on July 1, 2021. The final deadline for submission of all application materials will be December 1, 2021. Interviews for the Class of 2026 will tentatively occur on January 28, 2022. Candidates should plan to be available for virtual interviews on this day.

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 on Friday, January 28, 2022. 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 202.

 

For current students

Engineering students with a track record of motivation, leadership, and action are encouraged to apply.  Exceptional candidates will be invited to join this innovative program with the scholarship applied beginning in their third year of undergraduate. SELF Fellows will receive an outstanding enrichment and leadership program paired with $8,000 in financial award in each of the third and fourth years. 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, are completing their second year of engineering curriculum, and who have at least two years of engineering curriculum remaining will be eligible to apply for the SELF Program. 

  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 engrself@ku.edu.
  2. Applicants may only apply to the two-year fellowship for current students once.  However, students who applied as high school seniors for the four year program and were not selected are encouraged to re-apply for the two-year fellowship.     
  3. Complete and submit all application materials required for current students by the deadline.
  4. Applicants give permission to the selection committee to review all academic records and contact references.
  5. Applicants must be willing to participate in interviews and other assessment methods employed as part of the selection process.
  6. Applicants understand and accept the responsibilities of a SELF Fellow.

How to Apply

The next application cycle will open on Tuesday, December 1, 2021 and will close on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. 

Selection Process

A selection committee reviews all materials received by the deadline and conducts interviews with several of the students who best demonstrate the SELF Program attributes through their application. Interviews are conducted on campus in late February or early March. Following interviews, about five students are chosen to take part in the SELF Program. Those selected will be asked to make themselves available for the cohort meetings and other required events prior to the end of the spring semester.

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