Programs That Support Students From Diverse Backgrounds

As a student at the University of Kansas, you will receive the support you need to fully engage in the undergraduate experience. We offer a collection of awards and programs that are thoughtfully designed to introduce you to resources and opportunities to enrich your journey and lead you down a path of success.

Each program has different eligibility requirements and provides a variety of benefits. For example, some provide greater financial assistance, while some provide additional study resources. Other programs help get you connected to out-of-classroom learning experiences, such as internships and research.

 

Short descriptions of each of the programs are listed below. For a quick reference chart of programs specifically for new students (freshmen and transfer), click here.

 

New Student Programs

With the exception of TRIO SES & STEM, students must be starting their first semester at KU (freshmen and transfer students) to be eligible for these programs.

The KU Pell Advantage is an award for incoming freshmen who are Kansas residents. It pays for tuition and fees (except course fees) for 15 credit hours per semester for four years. By applying to KU and submitting your FAFSA by the Dec. 1 priority deadline, you will be entered into consideration. To receive the KU Pell Advantage, you must be a Kansas resident with at least a 3.25 GPA, 22 ACT or 1100 SAT score, and be eligible for a federal Pell Grant.

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If you are an incoming KU freshman and are either the first generation to attend college or eligible for a Pell Grant, this comprehensive four-year leadership development program is for you. As a scholar, you’ll attend a six-week Summer Success Academy in the months leading up to your first year at KU. This intensive academy includes credit-bearing college courses, team-based projects and explorations of strengths and career aspirations at no cost.

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EMERGING SCHOLARS

As an Emerging Scholar, you are paid an hourly wage to assist a professor with a research or creative project. You will also participate in monthly professional development sessions throughout the year. The program is open to first-year students (freshman or transfer students) who accept a Federal Work-Study (FWS) Award.

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The Hawk Link program provides support for you as a new Jayhawk while you navigate your first two years at the University of Kansas. The program is intentionally crafted to support students of color, queer students and undocumented students. Through participation in the Hawk Link living learning community in Oliver Hall, you will have the opportunity to build a community that fosters a strong sense of belonging. Hawk Link provides the following services: individualized academic advising, academic coursework, free tutoring, experiential learning opportunities and seminars.

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HEARTLAND CAMP

The Heartland College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a federally funded program that supports KU freshman from seasonal and temporary farm-work backgrounds. As a CAMP student, you will receive a $3,700 scholarship, a monthly stipend scholarship and a laptop to use  for your first year.

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The Hixson award helps Kansas students with major personal and financial hardships come to KU. If selected as a Hixson Scholar, you’ll receive an award of $5,250 per year that can be renewed for four years. You will also have the opportunity to engage in advising, tutoring, workshops, peer mentoring and community service. Applicants must have faced significant personal challenges and financial hardship, and show financial need.

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The Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) is a special and unique opportunity for academically well-prepared undergraduate students. Each academic program within MSP addresses academic, social, personal and career aspects of the university experience through faculty mentoring and other support. As an MSP scholar, you will receive on average at least a $1,000 scholarship each semester, depending on your major, that is renewable for up to four years totaling $8,000. Additional financial support may be available for study abroad or professional development  opportunities such as conferences or seminars related to a your field of study.

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The Opening Paths to Individual Opportunity and Success (OPTIONS) program is a five-day residential program designed to assist TRIO-eligible incoming freshmen with their transition from high school to KU. As an OPTIONS student, you’ll have the opportunity to move into the  residence halls five days early and participate in activities designed to connect you with campus organizations and resources prior to the first day of fall classes.

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TRIO SES & STEM provide comprehensive, personalized support services to first-generation, low-income students and individuals with disabilities. As a TRIO student, you will receive support to help you achieve academic success and graduate with a bachelor’s degree. TRIO will also help you prepare for graduate school and for success in a global environment.

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Programs for Current & Transfer Students

All KU students may be eligible for the the following programs. See the descriptions below and visit their websites for additional eligibility requirements.
 

The Health Careers Pathways Program (HCPP) is designed to prepare college students for careers in the health professions through six-week summer experiences at the KU Medical Center (KUMC) campus, including:

  • Health Science Enrichment Institute I - Provides instruction on diagnostic testing, develops reading and communication, offers instruction in mathematics, biology, anatomy, and English for incoming freshmen.
  • Health Science Enrichment Institute II - Teaches critical thinking, organic chemistry, and physics to college freshmen and sophomores.
  • Pre-Admissions Program - Prepares college juniors and seniors to take the MCAT course. Students attend a reading/writing laboratory, receive assistance in preparing the standard application for medical school, participate in mock medical school interviews and take part in clinical rotations.

HCPP experiences also offer writing, study and time management skill development to help you succeed.

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The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program provides support for undergraduate students at KU from groups that are currently underrepresented in the field of sciences who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research. As an IMSD student, you will participate in mentored student research experiences with hourly compensation for work in a research lab, enhancement programs in introductory science and math courses, enrichment activities such as group seminars, faculty and peer mentoring, travel to scientific meetings and assistance with the application process for graduate school.

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The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare low-income, first-generation and underrepresented minority students for graduate study. The program provides intensive research and scholarly engagement along with academic and financial support to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. As a McNair Scholar, you'll work with faculty mentors and have access to tutoring, research funding, GRE test preparation and application support for graduate school.

For more information, click here.


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