JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Delivery Process and Timeframes

Note: Due to the postponement of the spring 2020 entrance exams, the State Scholar announcement schedule will be moved to later in the academic year than would normally occur. High schools will be notified of the schedule changes as they occur throughout the 2021-22 processing cycle.

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.