Self Engineering Leadership Fellows (SELF) Program
The mission of the Madison A. and Lila Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program (the “SELF Program”) is to develop passionate engineering and computer science graduates who are strongly goal-oriented and who bring the business skills and vision needed to guide the technology-based corporations of tomorrow. The SELF Program will recruit, select and financially support students at the University of Kansas and administer to them an ongoing four-year personal development program that leads to a continuing supply of exceptional graduates at the bachelor of science level. By active participation in the program, the students will expand and refine their leadership, managerial, business, interpersonal, entrepreneurial, communication and engineering skills through mentoring, coursework, seminars and leadership opportunities. Graduates from the SELF Program will possess the personal attributes needed to become effective leaders who are motivated to make a real difference during their careers.
The SELF Program Fellows participate in a wide range of activities and have established themselves as leaders across campus. The students invite leaders of industry such as Brian McClendon, Vice President of Engineering for Google, and Sam Gilliland, CEO of Sabre Holding Company, to put on seminars and lectures. The Fellows have coordinated and helped with numerous events throughout campus. They run the Engineering High School Design Competition and Flapjacks for Philanthropy, an annual breakfast buffet of pancakes that raises funds for a selected charity or group in the community. The Fellows have participated in over 100 student groups and helped bring innovative ideas to KU and the School and Engineering.
About 25 incoming freshmen with a track record of motivation, leadership and action will be selected for this innovative program. SELF Fellows will receive an outstanding enrichment and leadership program paired with $5,000 in fellowship funds in both the freshman and sophomore years and $7,000 in each of the junior and senior years.
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.
How to Apply
The online application for students entering the KU School of Engineering as freshmen in the fall of 2014 is now live. To prepare your application for upload, please follow this guide. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, Dec. 6. Contact Charles Neiss with any questions.
The 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. Learn more.
Questions about the SELF Program or application process should be directed to SELF Program Coordinator Charles Neiss, (785) 864-7858.
About the Benefactors
The SELF Program was made possible through a generous donation to the KU Endowment by Madison A. and Lila Self. The Selfs established the program with the intent that it makes a difference in the lives of students who will then rise to make a notable difference in the world. Madison "Al" Self is a 1943 KU chemical engineering graduate, successful businessman and recipient of the School of Engineering's Distinguished Engineering Service Award in 2000. The Selfs, native Kansans who met at KU, have been long time and generous supporters of the university.