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Scholars Awards

Scholars Award Program

The Scholars Award Program is College of DuPage's premier merit-based scholarship program for 2020-21 high school graduates. Scholarships are awarded based on a holistic review of all scholarship materials, 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, academic rigor and their answer to the Scholars Award essay question.

Graduating high school seniors who live in District 502 or attend a District 502 high school are welcome to apply. 

Meet one of the Following Criteria to Apply:

  • Minimum 3.5 GPA/4.0 Scale or 4.37 GPA/5.0 Scale (Weighted or Unweighted)
  • Strong writing skills as demonstrated through the Scholars Award Program essay prompt

Scholarships Available

Once students complete the Scholars Award application, they may be offered one of our three Scholars Awards. Scholarships are awarded based on the recommendations of the Scholars Award Committee.  

  • Presidential Scholars Award
    Covers up to 64 credit hours of in-district tuition at College of DuPage
  • Board of Trustees Scholars Award
    $2,500 award ($1,250 per semester). Renewed annually for up to four semesters.
  • Deans Scholars Award
    $1,000 award ($500 per semester). Renewed annually for up to four semesters. 

Process to Apply

In this short video, we will walk you through the process on how to apply for the Scholars Award Program scholarships at College of DuPage.

  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:
    • Unofficial or Official high school transcript (6thsemester for Fall deadline, 7thsemester transcript for spring deadline)
    • 500 word essay

Timeline to Apply

  • Fall Priority Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020
  • Spring Deadline: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Once a student is awarded one of the three Scholars Awards, they must accept their position in the program by June 30th, 2021. Details about how to accept a Scholars Award will be provided in the acceptance letter and email.

Scholars Award Student Advising & Registration Sessions

At the Scholars Award Student Advising & Registration 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 Student Advising & Registration Sessions once they've accepted their award online. Students are required to attend these registration sessions as part of the requirements of the Scholars Award program. 

Benefits of Being a Scholar

There are many benefits of being a Scholar at College of DuPage. In addition to being awarded a Scholars Award scholarship, students will be invited to join the College of DuPage Honors Program, qualify to earn membership to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and participate in unique Student Life opportunities.

Honors Program

Students who accept their Presidential, Board of Trustees or Deans Scholarship are invited to enroll in the College of DuPage Honors Program. 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.

There is no application to participate in the Honors Program. Students will work with their counselor through the Office of Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services to determine what courses are a good fit for their academic plan.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

The Phi Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is an international award-winning honor society at College of DuPage. Phi Theta Kappa is the only honor society who has the distinction of being named the official honor society for two-year colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. For more information on the overall organization and benefits of memberships you can visit Phi Theta Kappa's website.

For students that receive the Presidential Scholars Award, they may be eligible for automatic membership to Phi Theta Kappa, for which the $80 membership will be waived.

Student Life

Michael Santana accepting diploma

Both Michael Santana and his sister, Isabel Santana are COD Presidential Scholars. As Scholars Awards recipients, 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. Meet with an assigned academic advisor prior to registering for classes each semester
  4. 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, they 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.

Contact Information

Office of Admissions & Outreach
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2207, (630) 942-2626

Career Services
Student Services Center (SSC) Room 3258, (630) 942-2230

Counseling & Advising Center
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200, (630) 942-2259

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

Honors Program Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3420, (630) 942-3318