At least a half million Illinois State Scholars have been recognized in the past 50 years, including 17,335 this year.
“Excellent high school grades are tremendously important for laying the groundwork for future college success. Illinois State Scholars are the best and the brightest in our state’s high schools, and we salute them, their families and their teachers on this achievement,” said ISAC executive director Andrew Davis.
While the prestigious recognition does not include a monetary award, designees are encouraged to cite the award on applications for college admission and scholarships in addition to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1 to determine eligibility for federal and state aid, including Illinois’s $400 million need-based Monetary Award Program (MAP).
Senator Brady urges high school students and their parents to check out ISAC’s website (www.collegezone.com) for more information about available college financial assistance programs. The site also offers career counseling services, a planning timeline, virtual campus tours and online applications.