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JBT Scholarships

College of ACES Jonathan Baldwin Turner Scholarship for Incoming Freshmen

For over 37 years, the College of ACES has awarded Jonathan Baldwin Turner (JBT) Scholarships to outstanding incoming freshmen on the basis of their academic achievements, leadership potential and interest in an ACES major.  Click here to learn more about the history of the JBT Scholarship program.

Value and Renewal Criteria

Jonathan Baldwin Turner Scholarships are renewable and have a potential value of $10,000 over four years.  A $2,500 scholarship is awarded for the student’s freshman year in the University of Illinois College of ACES. The remainder will be awarded in three $2,500 increments during the student’s sophomore, junior, and senior years, provided the student remains enrolled in the College of ACES and maintains a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 (A= 4.0).  

Application Qualifications

Students with a composite ACT score of at least 29 or a class ranking in the upper 10 percent at the end of their junior year of high school are invited to apply for this scholarship.

Applicants will be required to participate in an interview.  Most interviews are held on campus during the fall or early portion of the spring semester; additional interviews may be conducted at select off-campus locations.

Application Period

The JBT application was available to high school seniors from September 1 - January 15, 2016.  THe appliation period is now closed.

Submit Your Application

1. The JBT application period is now closed.

  • The entire application is contained on a single web page.
  • We recommend that you complete the entire JBT application in one session.  You may wish to prepare your answers in a word document and cut and paste the answers into the application.  Preview the JBT scholarship application questions
  • If you want to partially complete the application and finish it at a later date, please note that you must click on the "submit" button at the bottom of the application (there is no "save" button).  The application will prompt you for the items you have not yet entered, but at this point you can close the window.  Your responses will be saved FOR ONE WEEK.  Your responses should reappear the next time you access the application, as long as you are using the same computer and browser.
  • The JBT application essays ask you to reflect on your academic goals and future plans, similar to the University of Illinois admissions application essays. As such, we are comfortable with you reusing aspects of your original application essays within the JBT application, along with additional reflections, if you believe their original essays to be the best representation of your thoughts.

2. Submit preferences for an interview date here

Interview Schedule

An in-person interview is a required part of the selection process for this scholarship.  Interviews last approximately 30 minutes, and involve a team of three to four individuals usually comprised of a combination of current JBT Scholars, faculty members, staff members or ACES alumni.

Interviews are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, and are subject to availabilty on a given date.  However, we will do our best to accommodate your first preference for an interview date, and will be in touch as soon as we are able to confirm the date for your interview.  Specific times and additional details about the interview will be provided no later than one week prior to your interview date.

Interview dates and locations:

Contact Information

For more information about the JBT Scholarship program, please contact Jason Emmert in the ACES Student Development and Career Services Office, 217-244-7968 or