Support for tomorrow's leaders


The Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship Department provides financial support and professional development opportunities for promising graduate student leaders at The University of Kansas.

Madison “Al” and Lila Self were deeply motivated by the idea that developing and investing in young leaders was vital for a successful future. In 1989, the Self’s launched and permanently endowed our flagship program, The Self Graduate Fellowship. With the addition of a scholarship in 2014, our office now houses two distinct programs: The Self Graduate Fellowship and The Self Memorial Scholarship. Both of our programs support graduate students at KU and follow the Self’s mission to “identify, recruit, and provide development opportunities for exceptional students who demonstrate the promise to make significant contributions to their fields of study and society as a whole.” It is because of the donor’s vision and generosity that The Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship Department is celebrating 30 years of supporting students who have the capabilities and promise to make a real difference in the world.



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