Self Engineering Leadership Fellows (SELF) Program - Current Students
The SELF program is about leaders, not test scores.
Goal-oriented, involved engineering and computer science students in the KU School of Engineering who want to pursue a future as entrepreneurs or industry leaders can apply for the Madison A. and Lila Self Engineering Leadership Fellows (SELF) Program. The SELF Program combines an enviable 2-year financial package with an enrichment program designed to help ambitious students become leaders in technology and business.
Students in the SELF Program will expand and refine their leadership, business, entrepreneurial and engineering skills through mentoring, coursework and seminars, as well as leadership opportunities. The goal is to develop graduates who have a passion for technology and the skill set to guide the tech-based corporations of tomorrow.
Up to five 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.
Who's Eligible to Apply?
Students completing their second year of engineering curriculum are eligible to apply. Click here to see the basic requirements of applicants. Strong candidates will be able to show a track record of attributes that relate to successful leadership.
How to Apply
Current students in the School of Engineering who are interested in applying for the SELF Program must compile an application packet and submit it to the KU School of Engineering. The application process for students finishing their second year at KU in the spring of 2013 is now closed.
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 at (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