Skip to Content Bruce Rauner, Governor, State of Illinois

State Scholar Program

Program News

(Last updated November 28, 2018)

State Scholar Program Announcements
State Scholar Program Enhancements


State Scholar Program Announcements

During October and November, more than 21,000 qualified Illinois high school students were designated as 2019-20 State Scholars. Refer to the 11/28 e-Message fo further details.

A congratulatory letter was mailed directly to each high school senior that was designated as a State Scholar. Announcement of all 2019-20 Illinois State Scholars is through an online listing displaying each State Scholar alphabetically by high school, within the school's Illinois county. Certificates of Achievement were mailed to high schools that did not opt to download and print their own certificates as part of the early announcement process. Counselors may distribute the certificates according to the preferences of each school. Schools will need to determine non-finalists based on the sixth-semester roster data they submitted to ISAC.

Additional details regarding the Illinois State Scholar finalists with links to a copy of the congratulatory letter, the selection process and formula used in announcing State Scholars, instructions to obtain a State Scholar badge and a sample press release are available from the State Scholar Selection Process and the State Scholar Finalist pages within this section.

If a high school counselor feels that a student should have been designated as a scholar and was not, refer to the SSP Appeals page for instructions.

State Scholar Program Enhancements

Beginning with the 2019-20 State Scholar program cycle, two enhancements have been added to the process:

  • High schools have the option of including their eligible students for consideration in the early State Scholar processing cycle. Early announcements allow Scholars to include the honorary designation of State Scholar on college admission and merit-based scholarship applications.
  • The second enhancement to the SSP system is a new option of downloading and printing Certificates of Achievement, which will be available via the SSP system once a school's State Scholars have been announced. Schools that choose to announce scholars early will be able to print certificates at that time rather than wait until the final announcement in November.

Refer to the State Scholar Selection Process page for details for both enhancements.