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Each year the Leadership Academy offers full-tuition scholarships to a select number of Illinois Tech students who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential. Qualified freshman and sophomores, or third-year architecture students, are eligible to apply for this scholarship award. Selected scholars must have at least four undergraduate semesters remaining at Illinois Tech.

Who is Eligible?

All full-time undergraduates who have completed at least one semester of coursework at Illinois Tech and who have a minimum of four undergraduate semesters remaining at Illinois Tech are encouraged to apply for this multi-year, full-tuition, scholarship-based leadership program. Recipients of other scholarships are eligible for this scholarship program as well. You must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to be eligible. In addition, you must have a completed faculty/staff nomination form in order for your application to be reviewed.

The Leadership Academy scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who possess exceptional leadership potential. Recipients of the scholarship receive a full-tuition award for up to four years of undergraduate education and participate in an intensive leadership-development program, including:

  • Assisting in facilitating the sophomore leadership retreat experience
  • A series of leadership seminars and workshops
  • Assignment to a professional mentor

Leadership Academy Scholars will receive a Certificate in Leadership Studies upon successful completion of the academy’s programs.

How to apply

Please note: the 2016 Leadership Academy scholarship application process is now closed.

Through a formal application and screening process, the Leadership Academy will identify undergraduate students who possess exceptional leadership potential. For this group, the academy will offer scholarships and opportunities to participate in special training and development experiences, which will enable scholars to realize their full leadership potential.

This year the academy will award approximately six scholarships to freshman and sophomores who are judged to possess outstanding leadership potential. The identification of these scholars will involve a rigorous selection process.

Please follow the steps outlined below to apply for the Leadership Academy scholarship:

  1. Fill out the below and submit the scholarship application no later than February 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
  2. Ask the faculty/staff member of your choice to submit a scholarship nomination form by February 8, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CT making sure to provide the faculty member with a copy of your completed application.
  3. Leadership Academy staff will contact you to schedule your LEAD (Leadership Experience for Assessment and Development) appointment.
  4. Center for Research and Service staff will conduct LEAD sessions and notify participants of scholarship awards.
  5. Center for Research and Service staff will provide all participants with feedback from their LEAD session.

Scholarship awards will be announced during the month of April. Also, during April, all finalists who participated in the LEAD process will be offered feedback regarding their performances through written reports and group feedback sessions. The focus of this feedback will be on professional growth and career development.

Finally, prior to the summer break, Leadership Academy scholars will be invited to attend an orientation session and leadership development workshop to kick off their formal involvement in the Leadership Academy. Feedback regarding scholars’ performance in the LEAD process will also be incorporated into this development experience.

Scholarship Renewal Requirements

  1. The Leadership Academy (LA) scholarship is a full-tuition award for the duration of the recipient’s undergraduate education, not to exceed four years.
  2. The scholarship award applies only to full-time undergraduate students at Illinois Tech.
  3. Satisfactory academic progress (defined in the Illinois Tech Student Handbook as a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in each semester) is required and renewal of the scholarship is contingent upon attendance at all LA-sponsored programs, including Saturday seminars, regular scholar meetings, and sophomore leadership camps.
  4. Scholars are required to actively participate on a committee of their choosing to support the development of LA programs. Additionally, scholars are required to contribute 10 hours of service to community service projects officially sponsored by the LA.
  5. All scholars must also adhere to university-wide codes of conduct. Students who are accused and found guilty of conduct not in keeping with the code of conduct are subject to dismissal from the Academy.