Illinois Tech is determined to substantially redefine pipeline initiatives in the science, engineering, architecture, technology, business, and human science fields. Collaborating institutions and organizations are committed to serving as catalysts to support students toward their goals to conduct undergraduate research and earn advanced professional and academic degrees. Scholars in turn are asked to significantly engage with their K–12 and community college communities to encourage and empower others to achieve educational success.

Scholarship Information

Applicants who receive an official nomination by their institution’s president or designated nominating official and are admitted to Illinois Tech will be considered for the Presidential Scholarship.

Recipients of the Presidential Scholarship receive:

  • $25,000 annual tuition scholarship award
  • $5,000 annual housing scholarship award to support on-campus residence at the university*

Presidential Scholars are asked to maintain a commitment to community outreach each academic year that engages and bridges their home  with the communities at the university, in the Bronzeville neighborhood, and in the city of Chicago. Additionally, recipients of the Presidential Scholarship must maintain full-time enrollment and make satisfactory academic progress.

How to Apply

In addition to meeting all stated deadlines and eligibility requirements (see below), students interested in applying for the Presidential Scholarship must:

1. Complete and submit an application for regular admission through our Transfer Application by the deadline for your intended entry term.

2. Download and complete the Presidential Scholarship Application Form:



3. Upload application documents here.

*Required documents include:

  1. Signed Presidential Scholarship Application
  2. Leadership essay on how you will be a catalyst for change in your community and your academic field
  3. Leadership resume detailing specific leadership roles and activities, community service engagement, and extracurricular activities

Please note: These documents must be received by our office no later than two weeks after you submit the Transfer Common Application for admission to Illinois Tech.


  • Spring Presidential Scholarship application deadline: November 15

Please note: Presidential Scholarship applications are due at the time of a complete application for regular admission to Illinois Tech. Applicants are reviewed and awarded at time of admission.

Student Eligibility

Applicants are eligible to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship if they:

  1. Have completed (or will complete) an associate's degree at the eligible nominating institution from which that student is directly transferring. Students pursuing a second bachelor's degree are not eligible to receive the Presidential Scholarship.
    *The nominating institution can waive the requirement for the associate degree.
  2. Have attained a cumulative GPA of a 3.5/ 4.0 scale at the nominating institution, or are a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and are in good academic standing at the college at time of nomination.
  3. Awards will be determined based on academic achievement, essay strength, and leadership resume.

Participating Colleges and Organizations

Selected institutions are eligible to make nominations for the Presidential Scholars program. Students interested in this scholarship opportunity must attend a participating institution. The list of participating schools is reviewed and revised. Please contact our transfer team at if you would like to discuss possible partnerships.

City Colleges of Chicago

Kennedy-King College
President: Craig Lynch
Dean of Instruction: Eddie Phillips
Harold Washington College
President: Margaret Martyn
Dean of Instruction: Vincent Wiggins
Harry S. Truman College
President: Shawn Jackson
Dean of Instruction: Susan Marcus
Malcolm X College
President: David Sanders
Dean of Instruction:  Kimberly Hollingsworth
Olive-Harvey College
President: Felicia Davis
Dean of Instruction: Stephanie DeCicco
Richard J. Daley College
President: Jose Aybar
Vice President: Michael Crawford
Wilbur Wright College
President: David Potash
Dean of Instruction: James A. Howley

National Partners

Chicago State University* (Chicago)
*Office of Engineering Studies only
Program Coordinator, Office of Engineering Studies: Marnie Boyd
College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, Illinois)
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Kirk Overstreet
College of Lake County (Grayslake, Illinois)
Vice President of Student Development: Karen Hlavin
Elgin Community College (Elgin, Illinois)
Scholarship Coordinator, Job Locator and Developer: Chris Lawrence
Green River Community College (Auburn, Washington)
Vice President, International Programs and Extended Learning: Ross Jennings
Illinois Central College (East Peoria, Illinois)
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Margaret A. Swanson
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (Richmond, Virginia)
Dean, Engineering, Science & Mathematics: Raymond Burton
Joliet Junior College (Joliet, Illinois)
Transfer Specialist: Brittany Burton
Honors Program Coordinator: Al Golden
Kankakee Community College (Kankakee, Illinois)
Vice President of Instructional and Student Success: Dennis Sorensen
Miami Dade College (Miami, Florida)
Dean, The Honors College: Pascal Charlot, JD
Monroe Community College (Rochester, New York)
Dean, Engineering, Science, and Physics: Bertram Gamory
Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills, Illinois)
Dean of Enrollment Services: Severo Balason
Morton College (Cicero, Illinois)
Assistant Director of Student Development: Cesar Jimenez
New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, New Mexico)
Student Success Program Manager: Louise Blazquez
Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale, Virginia)
Professor of Psychology: Darlene VanEvery
Oakton Community College (Des Plaines, Illinois)
Coordinator Center for Promoting STEM: Gloria Liu
Prairie State College (Chicago Heights, Illinois)
Financial Aid Compliance Manager: Michelle Rallins
South Suburban College (South Holland, Illinois)
Vice President, Student Development: Songie Adebiyi
The American Honors Community College Network
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Tidewater Community College (Norfolk, Virginia)
Registrar: Kellie Sorey
Triton College (River Grove, Illinois)
Coordinator, Architecture Program: Michael Tweed
Coordinator, Engineering Technology: Antigone Sharris
Waubonsee Community College (Sugar Grove, Illinois)
Counselor: David Barreto
Western Illinois University* (Macomb, Illinois)
*Physics program only
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs: Ronald Williams
Professor of Physics: James Rabchuk
William R. Harper College (Palatine, Illinois)
Transfer Information Specialist: Agnes Szemborski

International Partners

Antigua State College (St. John, Antigua, and Barbuda)
Principal: Hyram Forde
INTI Nilai University College (Nilai, Malaysia)
Sri Suryani Razali
INTI University College, Subang Jaya Campus (Nilai, Malaysia)
Terrie Teoh
Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (Castries, St. Lucia)
Principal: Urban Dolar
Sunway University College (Malaysia)
Joanne Chu
T. A. Marryshow Community College (Grenada, West Indies)
Principal, Senior Management Team: Jeffrey Britton
Taylor's University College (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Metilda John

STEM+ Community Outreach Component

Recipients of the Presidential Scholarship are asked to participate in civic and outreach activities that engage and bridge their home and sending communities with the communities at the university, in the Bronzeville neighborhood, and throughout the city of Chicago.

  • As an example, a recipient of this award might explore ways in which to share her story with her former elementary school, high school, community college, and other organizations to serve as a role model for others. Students often serve as tutors/mentors or help to develop STEM+ academic programming at a school or community-based organization.
  • Recipients of the Presidential Scholarship frequently will visit their sending community college to provide talks/workshops on the transition to a four-year university.
  • In addition, recipients of this award are encouraged to visit their secondary and elementary schools two to three times per year to provide age-appropriate talks to students and teachers about STEM+ fields at the university.

PLEASE NOTE: The Presidential Scholarship cannot be combined with other Illinois Tech merit scholarships such as Chicago STAR, Chicago Police and Fire, PTK, 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.