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James Scholar Honors Program

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NEW AHS James Scholars

Welcome to a new year in the AHS James Scholar Honors Program. There will be a meeting for NEW James Scholars (new freshmen and transfer students) to explain the program on:

Aug. 30 at 5 p.m.

Room 2001 Huff Hall

If you are a new freshman or transfer student, please plan to attend.


AHS students who would like to begin the self-nomination process to become a James Scholar must meet the following requirements:

  • Earned a 3.50 cumulative Illinois GPA.
  • Completed at least one semester on the UIUC campus, including 12 graded hours.
  • Have no history of academic integrity violations.
  • Not be a second semester junior or beyond(unless the student has received permission to remain an undergraduate for a fifth year).

Provided those requirements are met, students can beginning the Self-Nomination process during the first 2 weeks of the fall or spring semester.

PLEASE NOTE: Students beginning the Self-Nomination process in the spring semester must complete TWO Honors Plans to earn James Scholar designation for the academic year.

The Self-Nomination process is as follows:

  1. Student meets eligibility requirements above.
  2. Please complete the Self-Nomination Form prior to the second Friday of the semester. The deadline for Fall 2022 is Sept. 2nd @11:59pm. No late forms will be accepted.
  3. After AHS reviews the form, the student will receive an email giving them access to the Canvas site for AHS James Scholars.
  4. Via the Canvas site, the student will submit an Honors Plan (or two) by the fourth Friday of the semester. The deadline for Fall 2022 is Sept. 16 at 11:59 p.m. (If student is self-nominating in the spring semester, they must submit TWO honors plans.)
  5. Any self-nominating student who does not submit their Honors Plan by the stated deadline will be removed from the self-nominating process.

Deadlines for Fall 2022

Submit Self-Nomination Forms: Sept. 2 at 11:59 p.m

Submit Honors Plans: Sept. 16 at 11:59 p.m.

Submit i-Program completion certificates and response papers: Dec. 16 at 11:59 p.m

Volunteer supervisors complete volunteering documentation: Dec. 16 at 11:59 p.m.