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The Leadership Academy Scholarship

What is the Leadership Academy Scholarship?

Please note: the 2018 Leadership Academy scholarship application process has officially closed.  The Leadership Academy will search for new applicants begin again during the first week of January, 2019.

Named for University Regent Al Self and his wife, Lila, the Leadership Academy Scholarship is a distinguished and prestigious award given to top Illinois Tech undergraduates that demonstrate exceptional leadership potential.  The Selfs provided the founding gift to the Leadership Academy in 2000 and it allows the Leadership Academy to provide a limited number of full-tuition scholarships to its select individuals: Leadership Academy Scholars.

The Leadership Academy is comprised of 25 undergraduates and is led by the Executive Director, George M. Langlois, Ph.D. and the Program Manager, Meghan Pickett.  In addition to funding 25 undergraduates, its other main goal is to develop and evolve the leadership potential of its Scholars through its variety of leadership programs and experiences.  Some of these leadership programs and experiences are attended by current Illinois Tech undergraduates and graduates and as a result, Leadership Academy Scholars will have the opportunity to lead their peers through these initiatives.

Additional benefits to Leadership Academy Scholarship recipients include exclusive leadership opportunities on-campus and in the Chicago area, networking luncheons and dinners, experiential leadership development and training, and social cohesion with fellow Leadership Academy Scholars.  Scholars will also receive a Certificate in Leadership Studies upon successful completion of the Academy’s programs and activities.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Leadership Academy Scholarship endowment, please visit our Contribute page for more information.

Scholarship Application   |  Faculty/Staff Nomination Form

** Applications and Faculty/Staff Nomination Forms will open in January 2019

Who is Eligible?

All full-time undergraduates who have completed at least 1 semester of coursework at Illinois Tech and who have a minimum of 4 undergraduate semesters remaining at Illinois Tech (not counting this current Spring semester) are encouraged to apply for this multi-year, full-tuition, scholarship-based leadership program. 

Co-terminal semesters do not count toward the minimum undergraduate semester requirement and they are not covered by this scholarship.  Thus, eligible freshman and sophomores or third-year architecture students are encouraged to apply. 

Recipients of other scholarships are eligible for this scholarship program as well.  You must have at least a 3.0 cumulative Illinois Tech GPA in order to be eligible.  Additionally, you must have a completed Illinois Tech faculty/staff nomination form submitted in order for your application to be reviewed.

Scholarship Details

  • Full-tuition scholarship covering 4 years of the recipient’s undergraduate education.  Scholarship extends to a 5th year for Architecture students but does not cover co-terminal programs
  • Applies only to full-time undergraduate students at Illinois Tech
  • Satisfactory academic progress (defined in the Illinois Tech Student Handbook as a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in each semester) is required
  • Annual renewal of the scholarship is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress and attendance at all Leadership Academy-sponsored programs, including but not limited to Saturday Leadership Seminars, regular Scholar meetings, and Sophomore Leadership Retreats
  • Scholars are required to actively participate on a committee of their choosing to support the development of the Leadership Academy programs
  • Scholars are required to contribute 10 hours of service to community service projects officially sponsored by the Leadership Academy
  • 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

How to Apply

Through a formal application and screening process, the Leadership Academy will identify undergraduate students who possess exceptional leadership potential.  To help Scholars realize their leadership potential, the Academy will offer scholarships and opportunities to participate in special training and development experiences.

This year the Academy will award 6 - 8 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. Complete and submit the scholarship application no later than February 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT
  2. Ask the faculty/staff member of your choice to submit a scholarship nomination form by February 10, 2019 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 Application   |  Faculty/Staff Nomination Form