Scholars Awards

Scholars Award Program

The Scholars Award Program is College of DuPage's premier merit-based scholarship program for 2018-2019 high school graduates. A limited number of scholarships are awarded each year, so applicants should try to highlight why they stand out on their Scholars Award application.

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Eligibility Requirements

When students apply for the Scholars Award Program, they are evaluated based on their cumulative GPA, ACT/SAT scores, and their answer to the Scholars Award essay question.

To be eligible for a Scholars Award, applicants must be a 2018-2019 District 502 high school graduate or District 502 resident.

Below you will find a description of the three tiers of the Scholars Award Program. When students apply, they will be placed into one of the tiers of the scholarship program based on the below criteria.

Scholars Award Descriptions

Presidential Scholars Award

The Presidential Scholars Award covers up to 64 credit hours of in-district tuition. Fees and books are not covered. As part of the scholarship, the student is automatically enrolled in the College of DuPage Honors Program and if eligible for Phi Theta Kappa, the $80 membership will be waived.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • 3.8 GPA/4.0 scale or 4.75 GPA/5.0 scale
  • 29 ACT or 1350 SAT

Board of Trustees Scholars Award

The Board of Trustees Scholars Award is a $2,500 award ($1,250 per semester). Renewed annually for up to four semesters.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • 3.6 GPA/4.0 scale or 4.5 GPA/5.0 scale
  • 27 ACT or 1280 SAT

Deans Scholars Award

The Deans Scholars Award is a $1,000 award ($500 per semester). Renewed annually for up to four semesters.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • 3.5 GPA/4.0 scale or 4.37 GPA /5.0 scale
  • 25 ACT or 1200 SAT

Process to Apply

  1. Complete the General Admissions application to College of DuPage at
  2. Complete the general application on the Academic Works Scholarship Portal using your myACCESS username and password
  3. Complete the College of DuPage Scholars Award supplemental application on Academic Works Scholarship Portal
  4. When submitting the application on Academic Works, please make sure to submit the following:
    • Official ACT/SAT Scores
    • Official high school transcript
    • 500 word essay

Timeline to Apply

  • Fall Priority Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 28th
  • Spring Application Deadline: Monday, April 1st


Once a student is awarded one of the three Scholars Awards, they must accept their position in the program by Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Further details about how to accept a Scholars Award will be provided in the acceptance letter and email.

Scholars Award Orientation Sessions

At the Scholars Award Orientation Sessions, students meet with the Scholars Award Counselors, learn more about the program requirements, register for classes, and setup their payment plans (if awarded the Board of Trustees or Deans Scholarships).

Students will be sent more information about the Scholars Award Orientation Sessions once they've accepted their award online. Students are required to attend these orientation sessions as part of the requirements of the Scholars Award program.

Honors Program

Students who accept their Presidential, Board of Trustees or Deans Scholarship are automatically enrolled in the College of DuPage Honors Program. Below you will find more information about the Honors Program.

Eligibility Requirements

• 3.5/4.0 GPA in high school, 25 composite ACT, or 1200 SAT Total Score
• 3.2 cumulative GPA for 8+ college-level credits

The Honors Program is a vibrant community of students and faculty dedicated to academic excellence. The program offers many benefits, including: honors sections of required courses and electives, small class sizes, extra-curricular activities and events, honors recognition on the transcript, and transfer scholarship opportunities.

For students that receive the Presidential Scholars Award, they are automatically enrolled in the College of DuPage Honors Program and, if eligible for Phi Theta Kappa, the $80 membership will be waived.

There is no application to take honors classes. Eligible students can enroll automatically or after having eligibility checked by the Office of Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services.

To achieve the Honors Scholar designation, students must complete 15 credit hours of honors coursework, including an honors seminar; maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher; and graduate with a COD degree or certificate.

Graduating students who complete the Scholars Awards are recognized at the spring Celebration of Academic Excellence.


Requirements to Maintain Scholarship

  1. Must be enrolled full-time (minimum 12 credit hours) pursuing a degree or certificate program
  2. Maintain a 3.5 GPA while at College of DuPage
  3. Complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of honors coursework, or 15 hours including an honors seminar
  4. Meet with an assigned academic advisor prior to registering for classes each semester
  5. Presidential Scholars Award Recipients Only: Complete 20 hours of approved volunteer service during the first year of the scholarship

Transcript Designation

All Scholars Award Program recipients will have their respective scholarship notated on the final transcript upon successful completion of all graduation and scholarship requirements.

NOTE: If a student fails to comply with the above requirements, the will no longer be considered a part of the Scholars Award Program. The student would then be responsible for payment, in full, of all tuition 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.

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