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Honors Scholarships

Honors Program Transfer Scholarships for COD Honors Students

At COD, we have scholarships for incoming high school students and COD Honors students who are ready to transfer.

Applications are now closed.

College of DuPage Honors students can apply for a scholarship to the following institutions

  • Aurora University
  • Elmhurst University 
  • Millikin University 
  • North Central College   

What you need to qualify

Cumulative GPA of at least 3.5

  • Complete 18 credits of Honors courses, or 15 credits including an Honors seminar and/or Honors Humanities 2210 course, by the end of spring semester.
  • Aurora University requires Phi Theta Kappa membership.

What you could receive

One scholarship will be granted by each institution for fall. 

Aurora University

Award: $1,500 a year in addition to AU's merit awards that include a $10,000 Transfer Scholarship and a $2,000 PTK membership scholarship.

Elmhurst University

Award: Full tuition for one year of full-time study; renewable at Elmhurst University's discretion for the student to complete a bachelor's degree.

Millikin University

Award: Provide one full tuition Presidential Scholarship for one year of full-time study, renewable for four years, so long as the recipient remains in good standing with Millikin University and the Millikin Honors Program.

North Central College

Award: Full tuition for one year of full-time study; renewable up to three years at North Central College's discretion for the student to complete a bachelor's degree.

What you need to do

  • Apply to the transfer school.
  • Complete the online scholarship application at Login with your COD credentials.
  • Submit a 500-word essay on the most challenging obstacle you have overcome, its impact and what you learned from the experience.  Include a resume and two letters of recommendation.

Deadline: March 12, 2021 by 5 pm. Contact with questions.



Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation's top community college students to complete their bachelor's degrees by transferring to a selective four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

Find more information and how to apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship go to the Jack Kent Cooke website.

For Incoming High School Seniors

High School seniors interested in receiving a scholarship must apply prior to taking courses at COD. For more information on scholarships, visit the Student Financial Assistance website. Be sure to check out the Scholars Award Programs' exclusive opportunities for Honors students. 

Contact Information

Honors Program Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3418, (630) 942-3318

Dr. Lisa Higgins
Director, Honors Program
Professor of English