PLEASE READ: Update regarding Illinois Tech 2020 Summer Programs. In light of COVID-19, Illinois Tech has cancelled the majority of in-person summer programs. Please see below for a full list of online summer program offerings for Summer 2020 and directions on how to apply.


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).  In Summer 2020, Opt4STEM scholarships are available only for online summer programs at Illinois Tech, with the exception of the Architecture Programs. Please see a full list of programs below that are eligible for the Opt4STEM scholarship. 


Online Summer Programs Registration Process: 

To register for an Illinois Tech Online Summer Program:

  1. Visit the Illinois Tech Summer Programs website to view and register for available online programs. Programs fill quickly, so please register via the Illinois Tech Summer Programs website ASAP to claim a seat before the program fills. 

  2. Once you have submitted the registration form for your summer program, you will automatically receive a separate email regarding payment for the program. Please ignore this email. The Opt4STEM program will cover the cost of registration for eligible Von Steuben students. Once you have registered, Ms. Porwal, the Opt4STEM Director, will email you to confirm that your fees are covered by the Opt4STEM program.

  3. Please note that due to the limited availability of scholarships, only one scholarship will be awarded per student. Students are welcome to register for additional summer programs at their own expense.

**Please note:  A limited number of full-cost scholarships are available for Von Steuben students to participate in online summer programs at Illinois Tech. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so please apply as early as possible. 

What costs are covered by the Opt4STEM Scholarship?

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



Please contact Vinika Porwal, Opt4STEM Director, at