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James Scholar Honors Program

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James Scholar Overview

The James Scholar Honors Program in the College of Applied Health Sciences is a part of the University of Illinois James Scholar Program. It is named after the fourth president of the University, Edmund J. James, who believed scholarship and research were fundamental to human progress. The James Scholar is among the most prestigious honors that an undergraduate can earn at the University of Illinois.

In AHS, the James Scholar Honors Program offers opportunities for growth in four areas: academics, research, community and global engagement, and leadership. These areas serve as the foundation of our program and students are encouraged to explore all four areas over their time on campus. James Scholars also have opportunities for community service and social activities with other James Scholars in AHS.


By participating in the program, James Scholars enjoy these benefits:

  • Opportunities to engage academic material differently with more direct interaction with faculty.
  • Enhanced relationships with faculty. In AHS we believe it is our personal touch that distinguishes us from other academic units on campus. These strengthened relationships result in better learning experiences in the classroom and only strengthen the ability of our faculty to recognize and recommend your talent.
  • Priority registration times. As a James Scholar you can register before most students.
  • Honors recognition on final transcripts and at the AHS convocation graduation ceremony. At the AHS convocation (graduation) ceremony, James Scholars will wear special regalia, and are given special recognition.


Each current James Scholar (and self-nominating students) will be added to the Canvas page for the AHS James Scholar Honors Program. This site contains all the resources the student will need, in addition to the link for submitting their Honors Plan and any required documentation.”

For more information on the requirements, please visit the James Scholars requirements page.

For questions, feel free to contact Dr. Tonya Pulley, Director of Honors Programs.