“Building and Testing" Saturday in the Studio – Saturday, February 23, 10am-2:30pm @ IIT’s Main Campus, Crown Hall, 3360 S. State St., Chicago
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is celebrating National Engineers Week. CAF and CAF Teens hosts an engineering-focused edition of its “Saturdays in the Studio” series for high school students. Centered on a theme of “Building and Testing,” teens will have the opportunity to learn about simple structural principals and put their designs through a series of tests to see if they hold up! No registration required. The event is free to attend. Email Marya ( if you are attending in order to get program credit. Learn more about other National Engineers Week activities at the CAF website.

DuPage Area Engineers Week Expo – Saturday, February 23, 10:30am-3:30pm @ IIT’s *WHEATON* campus, 201 E. Loop Dr., Wheaton

The 29th Annual Engineers Week Expo is a free, fun, family interactive event for children (K-8, especially) and adults to explore science and engineering through interactive displays and presentations, such as Mr. Freeze Cryogenics Show, ZOOM and Design Squad, Wooden Tower Destruction, 10’ NASA competition rocket, LEGO Robotics, Civil Air Patrol, Chicago Area Robotics, Mason’s ILCHIP, and more. This event is free and open to the public.


Women’s Day – Saturday, March 2 @ IIT

Women’s Day at IIT provides an opportunity for 9th-12th grade girls and their parents to explore their interests through hands-on sessions in the fields of architecture, science, engineering, psychology, and business. Learn about college life from current undergraduate women, meet with peers, and hear from alumnae working in the field. This event is organized by the IIT Admissions Office, and is open to ALL female students. Register here, and email Marya ( to let her know you’re planning to attend the Women’s Day event to get progam event credit for it. PLEASE NOTE: Beginning at 1pm on the same day, the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy is offering an opportunity for IIT Boeing Scholars (female or male) to explore architecture at our "IntoStudio” event (see above). The Admissions Office has confirmed that it’s fine for you to go to the first half of their event and then to this one.

ExplorACES – Friday, March 8-Saturday, March 9 @ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ExplorACES is a two-day event where you (and your family!) can connect in person with academic and career-path opportunities awaiting you at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Transportation from the Chicago area is possible for students who register. Find out more about ExplorACES here. Email Director Corey Flournoy ( to register.

Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science (SAMS) – June 29-August 9 @ Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)

SAMS is a six-week, intensive, residential summer program geared toward underrepresented high school rising juniors and rising seniors who are interested in studying the technical fields in college. SAMS participants will have opportunities to be involved in hands-on projects in the science and engineering fields, as well as experience in traditional classroom settings. If selected, students attend the program with no cost for tuition, housing, or dining. However, students must cover the costs of their textbooks, supplies, transportation, and recreational expenses. Apply by April 1.

Summer Programs for Diversity – June 29-August 9 @ Carnegie Mellon University(Pittsburgh, PA)

In addition to the SAMS Program, the Summer Programs for Diversity offers Advanced Placement/Early Admission (APEA) fine arts programs in architecture, art and design, drama, or music. If selected, students attend the program with no cost for tuition, housing, or dining. However, students must cover the costs of their textbooks, supplies, transportation, and recreational expenses. Apply by April 1.

Scholarships for Juniors and Seniors

The Hadden Scholarship (via College Greenlight)

This scholarship ($2,500-4,000) is for high school seniors who are seeking a college education at an accredited four-year college or university established in the United States. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a 3.5 GPA or better, demonstrate financial need, and be US citizens. Scholarships are awarded based on character, financial need, scholastic achievement, objectives, volunteerism, potential for leadership, and good citizenship. Apply by Thursday, February 28.

Lowe’s Scholarship 
Lowe’s will award up to one hundred and forty (140) $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors who intend to enroll full-time in an undergraduate course of study in the U.S. for the 2013-14 school year. Apply by Thursday, February 28.

For JUNIORS: QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship
The 2013 QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship for high school juniors provides over 2,000 awards to help high-achieving low-income students become successful applicants to the nation’s best colleges. This is an opportunity for juniors to receive full scholarships to college summer programs at schools like Harvard, Penn, and Emory; invitations to their College Admissions Conferences at Northwestern, Stanford, and Yale; individualized college admissions counseling, and more. View all the awards here. Apply online by Wednesday, March 27.

The Sara Scholarship
Funded through the Henry & Sara Sheehan foundation, the Sara Scholarship annually awards a minimum of twelve (12) $2,000 scholarships to female high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree and who demonstrate academic achievement, excellence of character, financial need, and active engagement with the sport of golf. Skill in playing golf is not a criterion. Apply by Monday, May 13.

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