Rising Scholars

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"Rising Scholars - Office of Fellowships logo"The University of Kansas Rising Scholars are students in their 3rd to 5th semester who have demonstrated academic achievement and exhibit promise as candidates for competitive national fellowships and scholarships. The Rising Scholars program aims to introduce students to these prestigious awards to spark interest and connect them to upper-level peers, KU faculty and staff, and current and former award winners. Students selected as Rising Scholars will receive an email notification in early spring.

What's a fellowship? That's the number one question we get!

The word "fellowship" has a lot of meanings, but we focus on scholarships and fellowships that are related to experiential learning (study abroad, research, internships, public service) and professional development for future career and graduate school opportunities. The very process of applying for a fellowship can be a rewarding experience that helps students learn more about themselves and their goals.

Each spring we host a Rising Scholars event to help students learn about what fellowships are and why they should apply for them. Our featured speakers are KU alumni and partners who have gone through the process. They will share their stories and talk about the benefits these programs have had on them.

Additional events may be held throughout the year to provide further information on specific opportunities.

Three core Rising Scholars events are held annually to introduce students to nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships as well as support systems across campus to help them achieve their academic and career goals.

February: Rising Scholars Brunch - introductory event

April: Rising Scholars Ice Cream Social & Resource Fair - networking event

October: Rising Scholars Pizza & Application Prep Workshop - application introduction