James Scholar
Grainger College of Engineering


About Us

The James Scholar Honors Program in the Grainger College of Engineering recognizes the talents of academically outstanding students, promotes curricular/co-curricular growth, and helps prepare students to stand out in their future endeavors. James Scholars may also receive:

  1. Priority registration for classes

  • A special distinction as a “James Scholar” on final transcripts upon graduation

  • Programming to address areas such as undergraduate research, international experiences, career development, and co-curricular opportunities

  • Eligibility for funding opportunities

Who can be a James Scholar?

Incoming first-year students must be invited through admissions to participate in the first semester. Otherwise, students who have met the following requirements may self-nominate to be a James Scholar:

  • Maintain a minimum UIUC GPA of 3.50

  • Complete at least one fall or spring semester of fulltime UIUC coursework

  • Are no less than three semesters from graduation

  • Apply within the first 10 days of classes in the fall or spring semester in the James Scholar Portal. (The application period for the fall semester has ended. Please be encouraged to apply in Spring 2022 from 8:00 am CDT January 18 through 5:00 pm CDT January 31.)