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University Scholars and Global Scholars Application

Up to 75 finalists will be selected on the basis of this application to interview for admission to one of these scholar programs. Interviews will be held on Wednesday, October 17 - Friday, October 19, 2018. We are unable to consider applicants who will not be available on these dates; Skype interviews will be available on a very limited basis (for example, for students currently studying abroad). 45 scholars will be chosen from the pool interviewed. All chosen scholars must enroll in either the University Scholars or Global Scholars Seminar for Spring 2019; therefore, students committed to study abroad or off-campus internships for Spring 2019 should not apply. For more information, please contact the University Honors Program at 785-864-4225 / honors@ku.edu or the Office of International Programs at 785-864-7178 / mmward@ku.edu.

All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018.


List your three most significant honors/awards/scholarships and briefly describe them. (Limit 25 words/each)

List your four most significant extracurricular interests and activities and briefly describe them. (Limit 50 words/each)

Names and titles of two persons being asked for recommendation materials. One recommendation must come from a KU course instructor. The review committee strongly suggests that both recommendations come from KU course instructors, although the second recommendation could also be completed by someone who knows you and your academic abilities well. By submitting your application, you agree to waive your right to letters of recommendation.

NOTE: This system does not email your recommenders. It is your responsibility to contact them with the link to this online recommendation form and for making sure that recommendations are submitted. Recommendations will not be processed until after the deadline; if materials are missing, the student will be given the opportunity to contact the recommender. 

Essay Component for 2018-2019

The University Scholars and Global Scholars Programs are highly selective. Students are chosen carefully to ensure a diverse mix of academic and personal interests. We are interested in knowing both what you believe you would bring to this group of scholars and also how you think you would benefit from being a member of this program.

Provide a personal statement addressing your contributions to the scholar group and what you hope to gain.

Some specifics you may wish to address include:

  • What are your intellectual interests and aspirations? 
  • What experiences or activities have shaped your thinking? 
  • Why do you want to participate in the University Scholars or Global Scholars Program?

Your aim should be to provide an “intellectual portrait” of yourself, explaining how you fit the goals of these scholar programs. 

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