Program Benefits & Requirements

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To Graduate as a Chancellor’s Scholar

In order to graduate with Campus Honors Program Honors, a student must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete four three-credit Campus Honors Program courses with a minimum grade of B-. Students are encouraged to enroll in one course per semester during the first two years in the program.*
  • Complete one CHP 395 or 396 capstone course with a minimum grade of B-. This requirement is typically completed in the junior or senior year.*
  • Participate in at least eight Scholar Adventurers Series (SAS) programs. These are typically presentations by outstanding Illinois faculty about their areas of research and teaching.
  • Participate in one Keith Kelroy Convocation event (= a discussion with a visiting speaker, see below)
  • Attend one Krannert Dress Rehearsal. These are performances at the on-campus Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, to which CHP students gain early access.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative institutional grade-point average of 3.30.

Most CHP classes fulfill campus General Education requirements. Many CHP classes count toward James Scholar requirements.

Chancellor’s Scholars who successfully complete program requirements will wear the traditional silver and orange braided cords as part of their formal academic attire during the Commencement ceremony.

*Students may petition to waive either one CHP course or the capstone course for participation in another substantive academic experience, such as study abroad. The study abroad substitution form can be found in the “Students” tab on the website.

To Graduate as a Distinguished Chancellor’s Scholar

In order to be eligible to graduate as a Distinguished Chancellor’s Scholar, a student must earn ten points from the following options, in addition to fulfilling the CHP program requirements:

  • Complete one additional 3-credit Campus Honors Program course: two points; four-point limit
  • Serve as an Honors Student Council executive officer: two points; four-point limit*
  • Actively serve on an Honors Student Council Committee: one point; two-point limit*
  • Attend five Honors Student Council meetings or events: one point; two-point limit*
  • Participate in four additional Scholar Adventurers Series programs: one point; two-point limit
  • Serve as a Campus Honors Program Orientation Leader: one point; one-point limit
  • Volunteer ten hours in a campus or community civic engagement activity, pre-approved by CHP staff: one point; two-point limit
  • Participate in one semester of non-CHP undergraduate research supervised by a faculty member: one point; two-point limit
  • Serve for at least one semester in a significant campus role such as student athlete, band member, Senate leader, ambassador, etc.: one point; one-point limit
  • Self-proposed activity, pre-approved by CHP staff: one point; one-point limit

Please complete the Distinguished Chancellor’s Scholar Form attached below and email it to Chancellor’s Scholars who successfully complete distinction requirements will have “Distinguished Chancellor’s Scholar” notated on their official University transcript after their final semester in the program, and they will receive a medallion at the CHP Graduation Recognition and Reception. Any questions about fulfilling requirements for distinction should be directed to Associate Director Anne Price at

*A maximum of five points may be awarded through participation in Honors Student Council.

Program Benefits

  • Campus Honors Program (CHP) courses: cover a wide-range of topics; may fullfill general education requirements; provide opportunities for students to discover connections between their own and other disciplines; may provide opportunities for field trips, publications and research.
  • Chancellor’s Scholars may wear the traditional silver and orange braided graduation cords as part of their formal academic attire during the UI Commencement ceremony, and notation is made on student transcripts.
  • Chancellor’s Scholars have the benefit of early registration.
  • Chancellor’s Scholars receive $1,000 per year, split into $500 of support each semester for up to eight semesters. Additional financial support may be available through scholarships, summer research and travel grants, the Yanai Ambassadorship, and the Outstanding Senior Award.
  • The Chancellor’s Scholars’ Travel Fund supports domestic and foreign travel during the summer for such purposes as studying abroad, taking advantage of an internship opportunity, or gaining access to research resources. A maximum of $1,000 will be awarded to each recipient for travel outside the boundaries of the U.S.; $500 maximum for travel within the U.S.
  • The CHP summer research award offers Chancellor’s Scholars an opportunity to develop and explore a topic of their choice. This program provides a stipend of $2,000 for eight weeks.
  • Each year, one student is selected as the Yanai Goodwill Ambassador. This student will travel to Yanai, Japan for a four-week intercultural exchange. Students stay with host families who provide many cultural opportunities. If a Chancellor’s Scholar is selected as the Yanai Ambassador, the CHP will contribute $1,000 toward travel costs.
  • The CHP sponsors intensive cultural and research study abroad experiences. Previous international destinations include London, Curacao, Japan, and the Galapagos Islands. The CHP also periodically offers domestic travel courses, most recently to Yellowstone.
  • Convocation is an annual event with a thought-provoking guest speaker who addresses questions of broad contemporary importance. This event is held in memory of former Chancellor’s Scholar Keith Kelroy, and is supported by gifts in his memory.