Scholars Awards

The College of DuPage Scholars Award is College of DuPage’s premier merit-based scholarship. The competition is fierce and a limited number of scholarships are awarded each year. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a Community College District 502 high school graduate, class of 2015.
  • Have applied for admission to College of DuPage;
  • Submit a 250-word Personal Statement on chosen topic; and
  • Hold a weighted or unweighted high school GPA of 3.75/4.0 or 4.75/5.0 on a seventh semester high school transcript; OR
  • ACT 27 score or above.
     

Scholars Award Descriptions
 

Presidential

The Presidential Scholars Award covers up to 64 hours of in-district tuition. Additional cost for books and fees are not included. As part of the scholarship, the student will be automatically enrolled in the College of DuPage Honors Program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. The $75.00 membership fee for Phi Theta Kappa will be waived.

Board of Trustees Scholar

The Board of Trustees Scholars Award is a $2500 award - $1250 per semester. As part of the scholarship, the student will be automatically enrolled in the College of DuPage Honors Program. This scholarship is renewable annually. 

Deans Scholars                                         

The Deans Scholars award is a $1500 award - $750 per semester. As part of the scholarship, the student will be automatically enrolled in the College of DuPage Honors Program. This scholarship is renewable annually.        

How to Apply

  • Complete the online Scholars Award application by March 14.
  • Apply for admission to the College of DuPage by March 14.
     

Award Notification

Recipients of Scholars Award will be notified by April 15.

Scholars Award Guidelines

To maintain the scholarship, students are expected to adhere to the following requirements: 

      • Pursue a degree or certificate.
      • Be enrolled full-time. Recommended 15 credit hours per semester for timely completion of graduation requirements.
      • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.
      • Complete a minimum of 15 Honors credit hours including an Honors Seminar or HUMNT 2210 Leadership Development course.
      • For Presidential Scholars Only -  must also complete a designated service learning course where student will perform at least 20 hours of approved community service as a part of the course or perform at least 20 hours of approved volunteer work. This service must be completed during first year in order to qualify for a second year award.

A Presidential, Board of Trustees, or Deans Scholars notation will be included on the final transcript upon successful completion of all graduation and scholarship requirements.

Note: If a student fails to comply with the above requirements, they will no longer be considered a Presidential, Board of Trustees or Deans Scholar. The student would then be responsible for payment in full of all tuition fees after that semester. Please note that the Scholars Award cannot be reinstated even should the student achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in the future. 

Presidential Scholars Service Component

All Presidential Scholars are required to complete 20 hours of approved volunteer service during the first year of the scholarship. Scholars will work with the Career Services office to fulfill this requirement. For more information and Frequently Asked Questions please visit the Presidential Scholars Service Component page. 

Contact Information 

 

 

Contact Information


Office of Student Financial Assistance
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2220, (630) 942-2251
Fax: (630) 942-2151

Hours

Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Presidential Scholars Reception

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2014 Presidential Scholars Reception

College of DuPage welcomes 130 incoming Presidential Scholars Award recipients and their families to campus during the 2014 Scholars Reception.