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 undergraduate research projects, enhanced honors coursework (including an Honors Seminar each spring), special study abroad experiences, the James Scholar Activities and Communications Team (JS-ACT), field trips, writing competitions, workshops, 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 — with our exceptional ACES James Scholars!
If you’d like to apply to be an ACES James Scholar, you can fill out this application form. In order to be eligible, you mus be a second-semester freshman, sophomore, or first-semester junior. See the Honors Calendar for application due dates.