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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 for Fall and Spring. The goal is to award approximately 40 scholarships to students who are 2017-2018 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.


Thursday, March 1, 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 1300 SAT total score with minimum individual test scores of 530 in math and 510 in evidence-based reading/writing AND/OR
  • a 27 ACT Composite score with minimum individual test scores of 22 in math, 20 in reading and 19 in English AND/OR
  • a minimum 3.5/4.0 high school GPA** with minimum individual SAT test scores of 530 in math and 510 in evidence-based reading/writing or ACT test scores of 22 in math, 20 in reading and 19 in English.

** Note:  A cumulative 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, please contact the Admissions office at 847.925.6230.

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 composite score and subscores and/or SAT total score and section scores
  • Sixth semester high school transcripts
  • Written essay of 500 words (maximum). Answer the following:

    Often our challenges help us grow as people. Share a challenging or difficult experience you have faced in your life. Describe how you handled this challenge, and the way it has helped shape you into the person and student you are today.

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 with their assigned Academic Counselor twice during their initial fall semester and once a semester thereafter. The student is required to meet with an Honors Program Coordinator during their initial fall semester. As part of the counselor 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, with at least 6 of those credits being completed in their first year. 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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