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Illinois Institute of Technology


March 2011


Dear Colleague,

We are writing to share exciting news of an exceptional educational opportunity for talented Chicago-area high school students—the Boeing Scholars Academy at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Please join us in sharing this information broadly with any high-achieving, rising juniors and seniors you may know, as well as with parents, teachers, counselors, friends, and others in your Chicago-area networks. Boeing Scholars Academy at Illinois Institute of Technology (logo)

Generously supported by a grant from the Boeing Company, the Boeing Scholars Academy at Illinois Institute of Technology is a free, year-round educational enrichment program that offers up to 100 high-achieving, Chicago-area juniors and seniors (students who are now completing grades 10 and 11) per year the opportunity to immerse themselves in academic and hands-on experiences in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), as well as architecture, business, psychology, and computer science. The academy provides summer programming; workshops, seminars, and field trips during the school year; college and career advising; and leadership skills training and grant competitions. The 2011 Summer Session will run weekdays Monday, June 27-Friday, July 22 (excluding the July 4th holiday), and will focus its interdisciplinary programming on the theme "Cities of the Future." For more information, visit the Boeing Scholars Academy website.

In order to participate in the 2011-2012 Boeing Scholars Academy, students must apply by Thursday, March 31. The program application and brochure are both available online at our program website: admission.iit.edu/boeingscholars.

Applicants to the Boeing Scholars Academy should:

  • Be high-achieving rising juniors and seniors (students who are completing grades 10 and 11) from Chicago-area high schools.
  • Have a record of and/or aptitude for strong academic performance in a college-preparatory curriculum.
  • Be on track to take trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, or higher in their senior year of high school.
  • Demonstrate levels of motivation, maturity, and professionalism commensurate with successful participation in an intensive and collaborative learning experience like the Boeing Scholars Academy, as well as a sense of vision and a commitment to community.

First-generation college students, women, and students from populations underrepresented in STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants do not need to have demonstrated prior interest in STEM fields.

We are grateful for the Boeing Company's commitment to supporting today's young people as they become future leaders and develop the skills needed to help solve tomorrow's pressing world problems; we welcome you to join us in this work.

Please contact Marya Spont, Program Director for the Boeing Scholars Academy, at spont@iit.edu or 312.567.5193 with any questions or to request paper copies of program materials. Thank you for everything that you do for young people, and we look forward to welcoming the inaugural class of Boeing Scholars to IIT's campus this summer!

Gerald P. Doyle Marya Spont
Vice Provost Program Director
Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid Boeing Scholars Academy

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