The Crown Scholarship is the College of Architecture's most prestigious and selective scholarship, providing you with full tuition for five years of study at Illinois Tech. The College of Architecture seeks incoming students with exceptional potential who will be challenged by the Illinois Tech curriculum to pursue a professional commitment to excellence in architecture.
How to Become a Crown Scholar
Candidates competing for the scholarship must satisfy very high selection standards. Open only to incoming first-year students who are United States citizens or permanent residents, the scholarship has been awarded to candidates who demonstrate the following strengths:
- Outstanding academic achievement
- Excellent artistic skills in freehand drawing
- Involvement in extracurricular activities, demonstrating leadership and independence
Crown Scholarship candidates must apply to Illinois Tech and must submit the following to the Office of Undergraduate Admission no later than November 15:
- Complete and submit an application for regular admission through the Common Application.
- Complete and submit an application, which will include:
- A one-page essay explaining your interest in studying architecture and specifically studying the discipline at Illinois Tech
- Creative work consisting of 4–20 pieces of work expressing your interest in architecture; it must include at least one freehand drawing. You will upload your creative work electronically, but please remember that the originals will be required for the campus interview taking place in mid-February
- One letter of recommendation from an individual who knows you well and can assess your creativity and leadership potential. The application contains a link for you to email to your recommender. You may also use a letter submitted through the Common Application, if it is on topic
Your application will be reviewed by College of Architecture studio faculty and representatives from the Chicago architecture community. After a review of all applications, finalists will be invited to interview on campus during Scholarship Weekend in mid-February. Within two weeks of the Scholarship Weekend, you will be notified if you are selected for the Crown Scholarship. The recipient of the Crown Scholarship is required to inform the College of Architecture of their acceptance/denial decision by April 1.
Crown Interview Itinerary
- Interview with a panel of studio faculty and leading Chicago architects
- Meet current Crown Scholarship students from around the country
- Take a tour of Chicago, one of the greatest cities in the world
- Learn about the opportunities within the College of Architecture by speaking with faculty and touring the facilities
- Spend the night in the residence halls or fraternity and sorority houses, and see what it's like to be a student at Illinois Tech.
PLEASE NOTE: The Crown Scholarship cannot be combined with other Illinois Tech merit scholarships such as Elevate, Heald, FIRST Robotics, VEX Robotics, Duchossois, Camras, Leadership Academy, Chicago Police and Fire, Collens, and more. If a student earns multiple Illinois Tech 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.