Thank you for your interest in getting involved with the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy! Each year’s cohort of  Scholars is comprised of 100 bright, motivated, and curious high school students who were selected for participation in the Academy because of their outstanding commitment to academics, promise as future leaders, and vision for positively impacting their communities and the world through STEM fields. When you get involved with the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy, you not only help provide these young people with valuable experiences and guidance but also demonstrate your commitment to supporting the development of Chicago’s future leaders and the city at large. You may even inspire students to follow in your footsteps!

We welcome contributions from college students, faculty, professionals, companies and organizations, Scholars’ family members, and others.

Scholars are all smiles as they re-unite at the End-of-Year Banquet. Credit: Dan Kasberger.

Please consider joining us to support our Scholars in one or more of the following ways:

Volunteer Opportunities during the Summer:

  • Become a Project Mentor! (10-month [July-April] commitment)
    Eligibility: Adult professionals with a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience.As a Project Mentor, you advise a small group of Scholars as they develop a Leadership Grant Project to promote positive change in their communities/schools. Being a Project Mentor is a 10-month commitment (July-April). Click here to learn more.
  • Chaperone a Summer Field Trip (TBD, full day commitment)
    Eligibility: College students (18+) and older.We are looking for individuals who would like to chaperone our high school Scholars on half-day (4 hours) or day-long (8 hours) field trips to local companies, community-based organizations, incubators, universities, and more as they enrich their minds and educate themselves about possible careers, industries, and life paths. Chaperones will be responsible for aiding Program Instructors (summer program staff) or IIT staff in getting students to and around field trip locations in a timely manner. Lunch and transportation costs will be covered by the program.
  • Career Panelist (TBD, 2 hour commitment)
    Eligibility: Adult professionals, faculty, or graduate students.We welcome Chicagoland professionals from diverse fields — from social work to computer science, education to marketing, engineering to law — to share their experiences with our students on our Career Exploration Panel discussion.
  • College Essay Reviewer  (TBD, 2 hour commitment)
    Eligibility: College students and older.We welcome volunteers who are comfortable reading and providing constructive criticism on short essays written by high school students who are preparing to apply to college. Volunteers will work one-on-one with a student for the duration of the session, reading drafts of college admissions essays and discussing them. A short training will be given to volunteers.

Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteer on a regular basis—a few hours per week or per month!
    Volunteers help us provide Scholars with more one-on-one and small group guidance and can serve as valuable role models. We especially need volunteers to help run workshops and other events, support students in the college application process, chaperone field trips, and support the staff with organizational and administrative tasks.
  • Host our Scholars for a tour of your workplace or a job shadow opportunity!
    All of our Scholars are curious about major/career opportunities available to them, and many will be the first in their family to go to college. Help Scholars find their calling by introducing them to professionals at your job site! In 2013 and 2014, Scholars explored opportunities at large companies, small technology start-ups, research labs, architecture firms, community organizations, K-12 schools, and more.
  • Lead a workshop or be a guest speaker! Throughout the year, dozens of speakers share their research, professional experience, or personal expertise with our Scholars. We have facilitated events addressing a wide variety of topics; let us know what you have in mind!
  • Notify our staff of opportunities that may interest our Scholars! Faculty members have invited our Scholars to apply for research positions in their labs—and many students have been successful in acquiring them! We also bring Scholars to public events organized by groups ranging from Argonne National Laboratory to the Chicago Humanities Festival. We invite your collaboration in making these opportunities and others possible.


If any of these volunteer opportunities interest you, please complete our volunteer application form.

Contact: or 312.567.3005

Karlia directs a question to a panel of educators at “Beyond These Times: The Changing World,” held at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Credit: Johnny Knight Photo.