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Presidential Scholarships

Inspired by a series of conversations with Chancellor Cheryl Hyman (IIT, CS 1996) of the City Colleges of Chicago and the presidents of the City Colleges of Chicago, in 2010 Illinois Institute of Technology announced a major new scholarship and educational outreach initiative — the Presidential Scholarship. Through this initiative, IIT 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 serve as a catalyst 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 towards educational success.

Scholarship Information

Applicants who receive an official nomination by their institution's President or designated nominating official and are admitted to IIT 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 and sending communities with the communities at the university, in the IIT/Bronzeville neighborhood, and the city of Chicago. Additionally, recipients of the Presidential Scholarship must maintain full-time enrollment and make satisfactory academic progress.

*This housing scholarship only applies for McCormick Student Village or Gunsaulus Hall.

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 an IIT application for admission
  2. Download and complete the Presidential Scholarship Form:
  3. Submit the completed Presidential Scholarship Application form, official transcript (if it has not already been sent to IIT) and required essay and leadership resume to your college's Dean of Instruction or other designated nominating official (see list under Participating Colleges and Organizations below) to request an official nomination from the President or designated nominating official, depending on the organizational structure of your college. A separate letter of recommendation is not required.
    • Please Note: Only Presidential Scholarship Application forms that are signed by the President or designated nominating official of the eligible institution and submitted to IIT will be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, unless partnership specifies otherwise.
  4. Submit your Presidential Scholarship application form, essay and leadership resume,) to: 

    Illinois Institute of Technology
    Office of Undergraduate Admission
    10 West 33rd Street
    Perlstein Hall, Room 101
    Chicago, IL 60616

    Phone: 312.567.3025, or, toll free 800.448.2329

    admission@iit.edu

Deadlines

SPRING SEMESTER November 15
FALL SEMESTER May 15

Presidential Scholarship applications received after the May 15th deadline are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and consideration cannot be guaranteed as scholarships are limited.

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.
    *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.
  4. Please Note: Presidential Scholarship awards will be awarded at the time of admission. A nominated student who receives the Presidential Scholarship is no longer eligible for the Transfer Tuition, Chicago Police and Fire, PTK, or International Scholarship.

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 Jerry Doyle, Vice Provost for Student Access, Success and Diversity Initiatives, at doyle@iit.edu or 773.505.5473, or Dr. L. Pettis Patton at lpatton@iit.edu or 312.590.0521, if you would like to discuss possible partnerships.

City Colleges of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

Kennedy-King College
President: Arshele Stevens
Dean of Instruction: Aundrea Wheeler
Harold Washington College
President: Donald Laackman
Dean of Instruction: Armen Sarrafian
Harry S Truman College
President: Reagan F. Romali
Dean of Instruction: Loretta Cannett-Bailes
Malcolm X College
President: Dr. Anthony Munroe
Dean of Instruction: Kimberly Hollingsworth
Olive-Harvey College
President: Craig Follins
Dean of Instruction: Dr. Addie Davis
Richard J. Daley College
President: Jose Aybar
Vice President: Keith McCoy
Wilbur Wright College
President: Dr. David Potash
Dean of Instruction: Kevin Li

National Partners

Chicago State University* (Chicago, Illinois)
*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: Glenda Gallisath, Ph.D.
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, WA)
Vice President, International Programs & Extended Learning: Ross Jennings
Illinois Central College (East Peoria, Illinois)
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Margaret A. Swanson, PhD
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (Richmond, VA)
Dean, Engineering, Science & Mathematics: Dr. Raymond Burton
Joliet Junior College (Joliet, Illinois)
Transfer Specialist: Cheryl Turrise
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, NY)
Dean, Engineering, Science & Physics: Dr. Bertram Gamory
Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills, IL)
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: Dr. Darlene VanEvery
Oakton Community College (Des Plaines, Illinois)
Coordinator Center for Promoting STEM: Gloria Liu
Prairie State College (Chicago Heights, Illinois)
Veterans and Scholarship Advisor: Carissa Davis
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, PhD
Triton College (River Grove, Illinois)
Coordinator, Architecture Program: JoBeth Halpin
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)
Ms. Sri Suryani Razali
INTI University College, Subang Jaya campus (Nilai, Malaysia)
Ms. Terrie Teoh
Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (Castries, St. Lucia)
Principal: Urban Dolar
Sunway University College (Malaysia)
Ms. Joanne Chu
T.A. Marryshow Community College (Grenada, West Indies)
Principal, Senior Management Team: Dr. 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, which engage and bridge their home and sending communities with the communities at the university, in the IIT/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 2-3 times per year to provide age-appropriate talks to students and teachers about STEM+ fields at the university.