State Scholar Program
(Last updated April 19, 2021)
A two-factor authentication process was implemented to improve security for accessing the Gift Assistance Programs on the GAP Access portal. The process requires the use of a one-time verification code, obtained through an application, in conjunction with a user ID and password, when logging in to the portal.
Two-factor authentication is required for both School User and Administrator accounts every time a user logs in. If the setup process has not yet been completed by the high school, refer to the GAP Access Two-Factor Authentication User Guide for instructions.
After a months-long delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic, ISAC announced 2021-22 State Scholars on April 12, 2021. A congratulatory letter was mailed directly to each high school senior who was designated as a State Scholar. An online listing of 2021-22 State Scholars – displaying each State Scholar alphabetically by high school, within the school’s Illinois county – is available at the Students & Parents – State Scholar Announcements page. Certificates of Achievement will be mailed to high schools that did not opt to download and print the Certificates via the State Scholar Program (SSP) system. Certificates may be distributed according to each school's preference. High schools may generate reports of the school's State Scholar Finalists and Non-Finalists via the SSP system.
Additional details regarding 2021-22 State Scholars – including a copy of the congratulatory letter, information regarding the selection process and formula, and a sample press release to use in announcing this year’s Scholars – are available within the State Scholar Selection Process and State Scholar Finalists pages within this section.
If a high school counselor feels that a student who should have been designated as a State Scholar was not, a letter of appeal from the student must be received at ISAC within 60 days after the date State Scholars were announced. For 2021-22 Scholars, appeals must be received on or before Friday, June 11, 2021. Details regarding the appeals process are provided at the Appeals page.