First-Year Student Scholarships

PLEASE NOTE: If a student earns multiple Illinois Institute of Technology merit scholarships throughout the admission process, the university will award the highest merit award for which the student is qualified but will not combine multiple awards.

Special Full-Tuition Scholarships: Deadline November 15

Camras Scholars Program

Application Deadline: November 15
All applicants who submit their admissions applications through the Common Application prior to December 1 are automatically considered for the Camras scholars program. No additional materials are needed.

Candidates competing for the Camras scholars program—one of Illinois Tech's highest undergraduate academic honors—satisfy very high selection standards. Students must demonstrate outstanding academic abilities, involvement in extracurricular activities, and dedication to leadership.

Camras scholars enjoy full-tuition benefits, leadership development, and enhanced access to research and community service opportunities.

Learn more about the Camras Scholars Program

Crown Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 15

The Crown Scholarship provides full tuition for five years to one first-year, full-time architecture student. The Crown Scholarship looks for creativity, ingenuity, and a desire to study architecture in the historic locations of Chicago, Illinois Tech, and S. R. Crown Hall. Students need to provide academic credentials and an original freehand drawing. Selected applicants are invited to interview on campus in mid-February with a panel of architecture professionals and college studio faculty.

Learn more about the Crown Scholarship

Duchossois Leadership Scholars

Application Deadline: November 15

The Duchossois Leadership Scholars Program is a preeminent, elite scholarship program providing full tuition with a room and board allowance that attracts top students nationwide who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and academic success in their projected fields. The Duchossois Family Foundation makes this scholarship possible.

Learn more about the Duchossois Leadership Scholars Program

M. A. and Lila Self Leadership Academy Scholars

Application Deadline: November 15

Named for former University Regent Al Self and his wife, Lila, the M. A. and Lila Self Leadership Academy Scholarship is a distinguished and prestigious award given to the top applicants to the university who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential.

Learn more about the Leadership Academy Scholars Program

Other Special Scholarships: Deadline in January

Collens Scholars Program

Application Deadline: January 15
Eligible applicants who submit their admissions applications through the Common Application prior to January 15 are automatically considered for the Collens Scholars Program. No additional materials are needed.

The Collens Scholarship provides full tuition and fees to eligible high school seniors with significant need who graduate from a Chicago public high school or a Chicago charter high school to attend Illinois Tech as a full-time student.

Learn more about the Collens Scholars Program

Illinois Tech VEX Robotics Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 15

Illinois Tech is proud to award scholarships to students who actively participate in high school VEX robotics programs. This scholarship attracts candidates who possess a strong academic record, a passion for science and technology, and drive to become leaders and innovators in STEM-related subjects. Recipients of a VEX scholarship are eligible for a merit scholarship award of $25,000 per year for up to four years (five years for architecture).

Submit Application and Essay

Learn more about the Illinois Tech VEX Robotics Scholarship

Illinois Tech FIRST Robotics Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 15

Illinois Tech FIRST scholarships are awarded to students who actively participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge and the FIRST Robotics Competition. This program attracts candidates who demonstrate a strong academic record; passion for science and technology; and drive to become a leader, entrepreneur, or innovator. Recipients of a FIRST scholarship are eligible for a merit scholarship award of $25,000 per year for up to four years (five years for architecture).

Submit Application and Essay

Learn more about the Illinois Tech FIRST Scholarship

Illinois Tech Esports Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 1
Eligible applicants who submit their admissions applications through the Common Application prior to January 1 and indicate their interest in esports within their application are automatically considered for the ESports Scholarship. No additional materials are needed.

Illinois Tech offers a $2,500 scholarship to select students who are interested in participating in our esports community.

Other Special Scholarships: Deadline in April

Illinois Tech NROTC Preparatory Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 15

Illinois Tech’s 2020 Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Prep Program presents a special opportunity for 10–12 students to prepare for success both in their STEM fields of study and as officers in the United States Navy. During the preparatory year, students will receive:

  • Full-year scholarship, including room and board
  • $400 textbook stipend
  • Academic mentoring and advising
  • Focused educational skills courses
  • Association with the NROTC unit including physical fitness training

Upon successful completion of the 2020 preparatory year, up to 10 students will be awarded a four-year full-tuition, room, and board scholarship by the Department of the Navy leading to a commission as an officer in the United States Navy. This special preparatory program establishes a pathway for students to receive an accredited bachelor’s degree from Illinois Tech.

Learn more about the Illinois Tech NROTC Preparatory Scholarship

Additional Scholarships: Ongoing

Chicago Police and Fire Departments Scholarship

Application Deadline: Ongoing

In honor of those who serve the city of Chicago, Illinois Tech offers $20,000 annual scholarships to the children and grandchildren of members of the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department. The Chicago Police and Fire Departments Scholarship is also open to the children and grandchildren of members of the Chicago Paramedic Department.

Submit Your Application

Learn more about the Chicago Police and Fire Departments Scholarship

Elevate Scholarship

Application Deadline: Ongoing
All applicants who submit their admissions application through the Common Application are automatically considered for the Elevate Scholarship. No additional materials are needed.

The Elevate program is a hub that connects Illinois Tech students with hundreds of experiential learning opportunities offered at the university and beyond. Select students are offered awards up to $5,000 to use toward Elevate experiences.

Heald Scholarship

Application Deadline: Ongoing

All first-year domestic students are eligible for the Heald Scholarship (starting at $10,000). All full-time students will automatically be considered for this merit-based scholarship when their application for admission is reviewed.

Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)

All branches of the United States military are represented at Illinois Tech. The United States Air Force and U.S. Navy are headquartered at the university; the U.S. Army is based at a partner university, but has an on-campus office as well. All three branches serve the entire Chicago area.

  • The 195th Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet Wing is stationed on Illinois Tech's Mies Campus
  • The Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps office is located on Illinois Tech's Mies Campus
  • The Chicago Fire Battalion Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Program is headquartered on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago and has an office at Illinois Tech

Learn more about application requirements and deadlines for the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)