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Illinois Scholars Program

The Illinois Scholars Program is designed to help guide undergraduate students’ transition to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by providing historically underserved students a wide range of educational, personal, social, and cultural opportunities. ISP aims to combine opportunity and access, experiential learning, and support to position students for academic success and personal growth throughout their time at Illinois.

Four Illinois students smiling on a summer day.

ISP has two components: a summer experience and 4-year inclusive excellence academic support. During a typical ISP summer session, students will live on campus with 25-30 other new students and have access to academic advising, workshops, community-building activities and other enrichment opportunities that will help the students meet the rigorous challenges of university life.

The Illinois Scholars Program for 2020-21 is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Division of General Studies.

Updated Summer Experience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the summer experience of ISP will be modified for students to participate virtually online. The Summer 2020 experience will provide:

  • Academic preparedness for first year courses (Math and Writing)
  • Navigate the transition from high school to college
  • Set healthy academic goals
  • Familiarize students with college technology resources
  • Peer mentor program

Eligibility Requirements for Summer 2020

  • Admitted students to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
  • Illinois state resident
  • Students must be part of the Academic Achievement Program (AAP) in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences or the Education Enrichment Program (EEP) in the Division of General Studies.
  • Priority will be given to students who are first generation, from low sending counties, and/or who received fee waivers.

Year Round Academic Support Experience

  • Help students manage effectively while in college (socially, intellectually, emotionally)
  • Earn 1 hour of college credit
  • Familiarize students with college technology resources
  • Opportunity to build community and support systems
  • Student development workshops
  • Tutorial services and study skills
  • Support in developing personal academic goals
  • Leadership experiences, and exposure to campus life and more
  • $1,000 scholarship for study abroad opportunity in their first year*

*Due to the current pandemic, the study abroad component will be re-evaluated during the Fall 2020 semester.