Who Can Apply

All applicants must be:

  • A current Von Senior 

  • Planning to or have submitted an application to Illinois Tech

  • Accepted into Illinois Tech by April 15th


How to Apply

Step #1: 

Submit the online application by April 1st at midnight


Step #2: 

Participate in an in-person interview. Interviews will be scheduled between April 2 - 13 and take place at Von Steuben




Application Deadline: April 1st, 2018 at midnight

Blazek Foundation Scholarship


Von Steuben students who plan to pursue STEM degrees at Illinois Tech have the opportunity to apply for a Blazek Foundation Scholarship ranging between $10,000 - $15,000. The scholarship amount for 2018 - 2019 Recipients is equal to $11,414.


The Blazek Foundation awards educational scholarships to students desiring to major in Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics or related scientific fields. Opt4STEM will select two Von seniors who will be awarded this scholarship.​ Previous winners are: 

2015-16     Cristiano Alguizze, Civil Engineering 

                    Karen Miguel, Computer Information Systems

2016 -17    Mohammed Chisti, Computer Science

  Wary Vega, Computer Science

 Dr. Megan Campanile and Wary Vega, 2017 Recipient 

 Dr. Megan Campanile and Mohammed Chisti, 2017 Recipient 

Frequently Asked Questions


How does the scholarship get paid out to recipients?

The scholarship gets paid out in four installments across four years. Each installment will be deposited in recipient’s Illinois Tech student account at the beginning of each academic year.

What can the scholarship be used for?

Recipients can use the scholarship to cover tuition costs and room and board fees.


What are the requirements of the scholarship?

Recipients of the scholarship must maintain full-time student status, a cumulative major GPA of 2.5, and be pursuing a STEM major at Illinois Tech. At the end of each academic year, these requirements will be reviewed and if they are not being maintained by the student the scholarship will be terminated and they will not receive any further installments.


Leadership Academy Scholarship


Named for University Regent Al Self and his wife, Lila, the M.A. and Lila Self Leadership Academy Scholarship is a distinguished and prestigious award given to Illinois Tech applicants that demonstrate exceptional leadership potential. The scholarship is a full-tuition award for 4 years of undergraduate education, 5 years for Architecture students. 

Leadership Academy Scholarship recipients receive access to exclusive leadership opportunities on-campus and in the Chicago area, networking luncheons and dinners, experiential leadership development and training. Leadership Academy Scholars will also receive a Certificate in Leadership Studies upon successful completion of the Academy's programs and activities. Von students interested in developing leadership skills to become more competitive for this scholarship should consider applying for the Opt4STEM Leadership Academy.

Who Can Apply

All applicants must be:

  • A current Von senior

  • Submitted an application to Illinois Tech through the Common Application.


How to Apply

Step #1: 

Submit the Leadership Application below by December 1st at midnight

Step #2: 

Participate in a 4-hour assessment center simulation on the Illinois Tech Mies campus on February 10th.

Awards will be announced February 26, 2018

Application Deadline: Applications are closed

Scholarship Details

  • Applies only to full-time undergraduate students at Illinois Tech.

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in each semester at Illinois Tech is required.

  • Recipients must maintain the above GPA and attend at all Leadership Academy-sponsored programs in order for the scholarship to be renewed.

  • Scholars are required to contribute 10 hours of service to community service projects officially sponsored by the Leadership Academy.

  • All scholars must also adhere to university-wide codes of conduct. Students who are accused and found guilty of conduct not in keeping with the code of conduct are subject to dismissal from the Academy.