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Jonathan Baldwin Turner Scholarship Program

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Thomas Poole, JBT Scholar

Since 1979 the College of ACES has awarded Jonathan Baldwin Turner (JBT) Scholarships to outstanding incoming freshmen. Awarded solely on the basis of leadership, good citizenship, and scholarly achievement, these merit-based scholarships are open to outstanding individuals enrolling in the diversity of programs offered within the College of ACES. The JBT program is funded by private donations to ACES. The JBT program has a rich history, and we look forward to many years of recognizing future JBT scholars.

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 for current high school seniors was September 1, 2016 - January 15, 2017.  The JBT application period for current high school juniors (who will be graduate from high school in 2018) will begin in September, 2017.

JBT Scholarship Interview

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.

For non-residents of Illinois, Skype interviews are available upon request (contact Assistant Dean Jason Emmert to request a Skype interview)

Contact Information

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