The University of Illinois established a James Scholar Honors Program in each of its colleges (including ACES) in the fall semester of 1959. Over the past six decades, the ACES James Scholar Honors Program has been opening doors of opportunity and windows of insight for its students through capstone experiential learning projects, enhanced honors coursework, study abroad experiences, special programming, and much more. We look forward to building the future of our Honors Program, the College of ACES, and our emerging global civilization together with our exceptional ACES James Scholars!

If you are a current first-year or sophomore student in ACES, with an overall GPA of 3.50 or above, you can apply to be an ACES James Scholar through our web portal. Please fill out this application form. ACES James Scholar applications from current first-year students and sophomores are being accepted until Friday, February 23, 2024 at 5:00 PM (CST).