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Opt4STEM Partnership for College Success Program



What are STEM summer programs?

Opt4STEM provides Von Steuben students the opportunity to participate in STEM Enrichment Programs over the summer at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech). Summer Programs range from Psychology to Offensive Hacking to Chemistry Research, and they are offered at a variety of times throughout the summer at the Illinois Tech Mies (Main) Campus. Click on the programs below to find out more information about dates and times for the programs you have interest in. 

How can I apply for the Opt4STEM Summer Programs Scholarship?

A limited number of full-cost scholarships are available for Von Steuben students to participate in summer programs at Illinois Tech. Opt4STEM scholarships are available only for Day Programs on the Illinois Tech Mies (Main) Campus and Downtown Campus, with the exception of the Experiment in Architecture Residential Program. Please see a full list of programs below that are eligible for the Opt4STEM scholarship. 


Summer Programs Scholarship Application Process: 

To apply for a scholarship, please take the following steps by Friday, March 6th:

  1. Complete the Opt4STEM Scholarship Application for each program you would like to receive a scholarship for by Friday, March 6th. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis for eligible students, so it is in your interest to apply early to maximize your chances of receiving a scholarship.

  2. Once you have submitted the Opt4STEM Scholarship Application, Ms. Porwal, the Opt4STEM Director, will notify you if you have been approved for a scholarship and to which program. Ms. Porwal will then send you a scholarship code for a 100% discount and instructions on how to register for the designated summer program. 

  3. Use your scholarship code to register for the designated summer program via the Illinois Tech Summer Programs links below. 


**Please note that due to the limited availability of scholarships, only one scholarship will be awarded per student. In addition, please be advised that receiving a scholarship code does not ensure your spot in the summer program; you will still have to register for the program via the Illinois Tech Summer Programs website ASAP to claim a seat before the program fills. 

Please contact Vinika Porwal, Opt4STEM Director, at vporwal@cps.edu with any questions. 

What costs are covered by the Opt4STEM Summer Programs Scholarship?

The Opt4STEM Summer Programs Scholarship covers the full cost of the summer program's fees.

When do I receive my scholarship?

Students will be awarded their scholarship at the 2020 Opt4STEM Scholarship Awards Banquet near the end of the Spring semester. Students and parents are required to attend to receive the scholarship. More information about the Awards Banquet will be sent out to selected students.