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State Scholar Finalists

In November of each year, ISAC announces the State Scholar Finalists. Students from nearly every high school in Illinois compete in the program. State Scholars can be found on the campuses of nearly 200 public and private institutions of higher education in Illinois. The combination of exemplary college entrance examination scores and record high school achievement indicate an especially high potential for success in college. To be honored as a State Scholar in Illinois is an outstanding accomplishment that will be a highlight of the recipient’s academic record.

Announcement of 2018-19 Illinois State Scholars is through an online listing that displays each State Scholar alphabetically by high school, within the school's Illinois county. For each student named as a State Scholar Finalist, a corresponding Certificate of Achievement is mailed to the high schools with a cover letter. Typically, the Certificates are presented to Scholars during a high school honors ceremony, but may be distributed according to the preferences of the high school. Links to the online listing of State Scholars and a copy of the Congratulatory letter that was sent to each State Scholar are available in the right menu of this page.

If students or parents have questions regarding the selection process, high school counselors may choose to share with them the student's grade point average (GPA) or class rank data that was submitted to ISAC, and explain how that information factors into the formula used to determine State Scholar eligibility which can be found on the State Scholar Selection Process page.

ISAC also assists Regional Offices, as well as high school counselors, in notifying local media of student accomplishments. A sample press release is provided to assist counselors with acknowledgement of State Scholars. Counselors may complete the generic parts of the press release with the pertinent information and the names of individual scholars and send it to local newspaper, radio and television outlets so their students can be recognized for their academic achievement. In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, if listings are sent to the media, Social Security Numbers must not be included.

If the high school counselor feels that a student should have been designated as a State Scholar and was not, refer to the page within this section about appeals. Appeals must be received at ISAC on or before 60 days after the date that State Scholars are announced. Appeals for the 2018-19 announcement of State Scholars must be received at ISAC on or before January 31, 2018.