JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Delivery Process and Timeframes

NOTE: The below describes the State Scholar delivery process and timeframes for a typical year. After a months-long delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic, ISAC announced 2021-22 State Scholars on April 12, 2021. See the State Scholar Program News area and the State Scholar Finalists page for more information.

April - Early November


  • ISAC sends Congratulatory letters to students after each round of announcement.
  • Certificates of Achievement are sent to high schools (that do not choose to print their own) after the final announcement Illinois State Scholars is made.


  • An online listing of Illinois State Scholars finalists, displayed alphabetically by high school, within the school's Illinois county, is available at ISAC's website.


  • The deadline to appeal a student's State Scholar status is usually at the end of January.