Distinguished Trustee Scholarship

The Harper College Distinguished Trustee Scholarship is a highly selective, merit-based scholarship of 60 credit hours of full in-district tuition, fees and a $500 book stipend per semester. The goal is to award approximately 40 scholarships to students who are 2016-2017 academic year graduates from high schools within Community College District #512, which includes High School Districts 211, 214 and 220.

All scholarship recipients will be required to participate in the Honors Program to enhance the overall student experience.


The application deadline has passed for 2017-2018.

Students must apply to Harper College and submit the Distinguished Trustee Scholarship Application, including ALL three required attachments.

Please review the following important information:

The Distinguished Trustee Scholarship is available during the fall semester following the student’s high school graduation and the recipient must be an incoming Harper freshman from an in-district high school.

To be considered, the student is required to apply and have earned a minimum 27 ACT Composite score* with minimum individual test scores of 22 in math, 20 in reading and 19 in English OR have a minimum 3.5/4.0 or 4.5/5.0 high school GPA** with minimum individual ACT test scores of 22 in math, 20 in reading and 19 in English.

*Note:  A 1300 SAT score will be accepted if the SAT score is available or taken in place of the ACT test.

** Note:  A cumulate GPA is inclusive of Dual Credit and/or prior credit accepted in transfer at the College.

Awardees will be selected based on academic ability, achievement, persistence, a desire to help others, and leadership.

1. Complete the Harper College Admissions Application. If you have taken a dual credit course: do not reapply for admission.

2. Complete the Distinguished Trustee Scholarship Application. The following information is required to be submitted as part of the online application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • ACT subscores and composite score or SAT scores
  • Sixth semester high school transcripts
  • Written essay of 500 words (maximum). Answer the following:
    As a Distinguished Trustee Scholar, you will become a member of the Harper College Honors Program. Courses in the Honors Program feature small class size, and there are many opportunities to get involved beyond the classroom. These features are designed to help students grow as people and scholars. 

    Please describe yourself as a person and a student. What do you see as your strengths? In what areas do you think you can grow? How do you see Harper College and the specific features of the Honors Program helping you grow and succeed?

Recipients must comply with the following criteria to maintain their scholarship. 

  • Must maintain full-time status, successfully completing 30 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and the allotted 60 credit hours within two years. Only one course in the following summer term is permitted to meet those 30 hours.
  • Maximum award total is 60 credits inclusive of withdrawals.
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. A cumulate GPA is inclusive of Dual Credit and/or prior credit accepted in transfer at the College.
  • The student is required to meet twice each semester with their assigned Academic Counselor and once each semester with an Honors Coordinator.  As part of these visits, the student will be required to develop an educational plan that will include taking at least 12 credits of Honors coursework throughout their time at Harper. Progress on this academic plan will be reviewed with the student each semester, making sure students are on a path to complete their Harper education in two years while completing 12 credits of Honors coursework in the process.  
  • The student is required to meet the above stated eligibility criteria each semester. Failure to meet any of the criteria will result in a loss of the scholarship. Final eligibility is contingent upon review and approval by the Scholarship Committee.


For more information on the Distinguished Trustee Scholarship, please contact the Harper College Admissions Office at 847.925.6230.


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